Relative Labour Deprivation and Urban Migration in Turkey

Journal of Economic Inequality, May 2009

Posted: 12 Sep 2009

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Paolo Verme

World Bank Group; University of Turin - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 26, 2009

Abstract

The paper develops a concept, a measure and an index of relative labour deprivation and applies these tools to measure deprivation in urban areas of South-East Turkey. It is shown how a Yitzhaki-type of relative deprivation index can be applied to the labor domain and be extended to take into account the notion of reference group derived from modern theories of social justice. In the absence of panel or longitudinal data, such measure results particularly useful to derive policy recommendations for areas characterized by heterogeneous communities. Contrary to what conventional statistics and wisdom would suggest, we find migrants from Eastern Turkey to be less relatively labour deprived than other groups of migrants.

Keywords: Labour participation, Reference groups, Relative deprivation, Turkey

JEL Classification: C43, D63, I38, J4

Suggested Citation

Verme, Paolo, Relative Labour Deprivation and Urban Migration in Turkey (May 26, 2009). Journal of Economic Inequality, May 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1471544

Paolo Verme (Contact Author)

World Bank Group ( email )

Washington, DC 20433
United States

University of Turin - Department of Economics ( email )

Via Po, 53
Torino, 10124
Italy

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