Estimating the Impact of the Recent Economic Crisis on Work Time in Turkey

Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Working Paper No. 686

40 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2011

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Emel Memis

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

S. A. Kaya Bahçe

Ankara University - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 30, 2011

Abstract

This paper provides estimates of the impact of the recent economic crisis on paid and unpaid work time in Turkey. The data used in this study come from the first and only time-use survey available at the national level. Infrequency of collection of time-use data in Turkey does not allow us to make a direct comparison of pre- versus postcrisis time-use patterns. We introduce a tractable way for estimating these possible effects by measuring the impact of an increase in unemployment risk on time-use patterns of women and men living in couple households. The method developed here can be applied to other developing-country cases where there is a lack of longitudinal data availability. Our findings support the argument that economic crises reinforce the preexisting gender inequalities in work time.

Keywords: Economic Crisis, Gender Inequality, Time Use, Unemployment Risk, Unpaid Work, Turkey

JEL Classification: B54, J16, J22

Suggested Citation

Memis, Emel and Kaya Bahçe, S. A., Estimating the Impact of the Recent Economic Crisis on Work Time in Turkey (September 30, 2011). Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Working Paper No. 686. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1935963 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1935963

Emel Memis (Contact Author)

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute ( email )

Blithewood
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
United States

S. A. Kaya Bahçe

Ankara University - Department of Economics ( email )

TR-06590 Cebeci
Ankara
Turkey

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