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Youth Unemployment Duration in Turkey

Taşçı, H. Mehmet
Tansel, Aysıt
This study analyzes the determinants of unemployment duration for youth in Turkey. We use the individual level data obtained from the Household Labor Force Surveys of 2000 and 2001 to construct the duration of unemployment. The analyses are carried out by using both non-parametric and semi-parametric methods for men and women separately. In the semi-parametric part we employ the group duration method. We find that young women have lower chance of getting a job from unemployment than young men. Urban residents have higher hazard than rural residents. An interesting result is that young men who are residents of South-East and East Anatolia have larger hazards than the other regions of Turkey. Further, vocational-high school graduates are not more likely to find a job compared to high school graduates. Having a university degree makes a positive and significant effect on the hazard for young men, but not for young women.