The Unemployment problem and employment creation strategies in Turkey: a comparative perspective

Gökşen Uğurer, Seçil
This thesis analyzes the Turkish unemployment problem in the 2000-2011 period, in a broad and comparative perspective with unemployment problem in the Netherlands, Ireland and Argentina. However, periods of concern for these three countries and Turkey differ, because each country experienced severe unemployment problem in different time periods. The main objective of this thesis is to evaluate current policies dealing with unemployment problem in Turkey and suggest more effective policy alternatives, with reference to successful policies of other countries. It is found that current approach towards unemployment problem in Turkey is inadequate in many aspects; specifically there is no emphasis on job creating policies. Moreover, our discussions on the measurement of labour market indicators in Turkey and general characteristics of Turkish labour market showed that underemployment and marginally attached workers are neglected problems that have to be addressed in policymaking.


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Citation Formats
S. Gökşen Uğurer, “The Unemployment problem and employment creation strategies in Turkey: a comparative perspective,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.