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The Effects of Religious Beliefs on the Working Decisions of Women: Some Evidence from Turkey

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  • Lou O'Neil, Mary
  • Bilgin, Mehmet Huseyin
  • Lau, Chi Keung Marco

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This paper examines the decision of Turkish women to participate in the labor force. We administered a original survey questionnaire in 2009 to 518 non-working women. Employing logistic regression, we found that religious belief is a crucial factor that discourages women from participating in the labor market. In particular, the regular performance of religious rituals have the greatest negative effect on labor market participation for educated women, who are the most productive human resource in the economy.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 46973.

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Date of creation: 10 Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:46973

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Keywords: Women; religious beliefs; labor force; working decisions; Turkey;

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