Are Married Women in Turkey More Likely to Become Added or Discouraged Workers?

20 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2003

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Cem Baslevent

Istanbul Bilgi University - Department of Economics

Ozlem Onaran

Istanbul Technical University - ITU Isletme Fakultesi

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the labour market outcomes of married couples to find out which of the added and discouraged worker effects is dominant in urban Turkish families. Using household labour force survey and province-level data from 1988 and 1994, we look for evidence regarding the dependency of the labour force participation decisions of wives and the employment status of their husbands. On yearly and pooled samples of married couples in their prime ages, bivariate probit estimates indicate that the two decisions are negatively correlated. However, the correlation is found to be statistically significant only in the economic crisis year of 1994. We interpret this finding to mean that the added worker effect dominates the discouraged worker effect.

Suggested Citation

Baslevent, Cem and Onaran, Ozlem, Are Married Women in Turkey More Likely to Become Added or Discouraged Workers?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=450967

Cem Baslevent (Contact Author)

Istanbul Bilgi University - Department of Economics ( email )

Kustepe
Susli
Istanbul, 80310
Turkey

Ozlem Onaran

Istanbul Technical University - ITU Isletme Fakultesi ( email )

Macka 80680
Turkey
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