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Factors Determining The Labor Force Participation In Turkey: A Microeconomics Analysis


  • Rahmi Yamak
  • Zehra Abdioglu
  • Nilcan Mert

    () (Karadeniz Teknik University
    Karadeniz Teknik University
    Karadeniz Teknik University)


The aim of this study is to investigate the main determinants of the participation decision of labor force in Turkey. The variables that affect labor force participation are estimated by logistic regression analysis using data from the 2008 Household Budget Survey for both rural-urban and female-male divisions. The results indicate that the most influential factors are annual disposable income, education, age, size of household and marital status. In Turkey, rural-urban and female-male divisions annual disposable income negatively affects decision to participate in labor force. Higher education level and size of household increase the probability of participating.

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  • Rahmi Yamak & Zehra Abdioglu & Nilcan Mert, 2012. "Factors Determining The Labor Force Participation In Turkey: A Microeconomics Analysis," Anadolu University Journal of Social Sciences, Anadolu University, vol. 12(2), pages 41-58, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:and:journl:v:12:y:2012:i:2:p:41-58

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    Labor force participation; Logistic regression; Turkey.;

    JEL classification:

    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure


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