Labor mobility across the formal/informal divide in Turkey Evidence from individual-level data

Purpose - This paper, the first one to use individual-level Turkish panel data, examines the labor market transitions in Turkey along the formal/informal employment divide. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the limited body of empirical evidence available on mobility and informality in the Turkish labor market.


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A. Tansel, “Labor mobility across the formal/informal divide in Turkey Evidence from individual-level data,” JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC STUDIES, pp. 617–635, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: