Mother's and Children's Employment in Turkey

The paper attempts to identify the link between children’s employment and that of their mothers inTurkey’s labor market. Statistical evidence indicates that a disproportionately larger number ofemployed women are in households where there is at least one working child. Considering that thismay not be a random occurrence the study treats mother’s employment to be endogenous to theemployment decision of children. Indeed, the study establishes that mother’s employment decisionand that of children cannot be thought independently of each other. The unobservables that increasethe likelihood of women’s employment also increase the employment probability of children, inparticularly of female children. The findings of the paper question the current policy initiativesgeared toward decreasing child labor and recommends that poverty alleviation programs becarefully designed taking into account the link between mother’s and children’s employment.
Journal of Developing Areas


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M. Dayıoğlu Tayfur, “Mother’s and Children’s Employment in Turkey,” Journal of Developing Areas, pp. 95–115, 2008, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: