The Impact of the Extension of Compulsory Schooling on Child Labor in Turkey

Child labor remains a concern in many parts of the developing world. The latest estimates of the ILO suggest that there are 168 million child laborers worldwide, making up 11 percent of the child population (ILO, 2013). There is an extensive literature on child labor that assesses its magnitude, correlates and the impact of various interventions in tackling it (for a review see, Edmonds (2008)). We contribute to this literature by studying how the extensions of compulsory schooling in Turkey in 1997 from 5 to 8 years have impacted on child labor. Despite the rather rich child labor literature, the effect of compulsory schooling laws on child labor outcomes remain less well studied due to the rather infrequent nature of such policy changes, the failure on the part of the relevant authorities in enforcing the instituted changes and lack of nationally representative micro-data.
Child Labour in the Context of Conflict and Migration:Economic and Cultural Perspectives, 29 - 30 Kasım 2018


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M. Dayıoğlu Tayfur, “The Impact of the Extension of Compulsory Schooling on Child Labor in Turkey,” presented at the Child Labour in the Context of Conflict and Migration:Economic and Cultural Perspectives, 29 - 30 Kasım 2018, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: