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Determinants of duration of unemployment insurance benefits in Turkey


  • Hasan Sahin
  • A. Burca Kizilirmak


This article is the first empirical study on the duration of unemployment insurance benefits in Turkey. Turkey has adopted an unemployment insurance programme in 2000, and the first payment of the benefit was made in 2002. Thus, it is new and the first programme to partially compensate the income of workers when they are unemployed. The unemployment insurance programme has been criticized for low benefits and strict eligibility requirements. However, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit has been increasing steadily since 2002. This study provides an empirical evaluation on the determinants of duration of unemployment insurance benefits by a hazard modelling approach. We find that age, sex, marital status, significantly affect insurance duration after controlling effects of types of workplace, job types and regions.

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  • Hasan Sahin & A. Burca Kizilirmak, 2007. "Determinants of duration of unemployment insurance benefits in Turkey," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(8), pages 611-615.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:14:y:2007:i:8:p:611-615 DOI: 10.1080/13504850600592473

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    1. Helder Ferreira de Mendonca & Rubens Teixeira da Silva, 2009. "Fiscal effect from inflation targeting: the Brazilian experience," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(7), pages 885-897.
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    1. Aysit Tansel & H. Mehmet Taşçı, 2010. "Hazard Analysis of Unemployment Duration by Gender in a Developing Country: The Case of Turkey," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 24(4), pages 501-530, December.

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