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Maternal employment and female labor force participation: A case study from Turkey


  • Deger Eryar

    () (Department of Economics, Izmir University of Economics)

  • Hasan Tekguc

    () (Department of Economics, Mardin Artuklu University)


The focus of this paper is to examine the impact of having a working mother on their daughter’s labor force participation rate for the first time in Turkey by using a representative sample from the third largest city Ýzmir.Our findings indicate that the gender role attitude is one of the most important determinants of women’s initial entry into the labor force, especially for those women with lower education levels. However, the same effect loses its significance as a factor in women’s decision to remain in the labor force. This result suggests that although the gender role attitude can induce low-educated women to participate in the labor market initially, the lack of adequate work-family reconciliation policies in Turkey seem to adversely affect their decision to stay in the labor force as wives and mothers.

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  • Deger Eryar & Hasan Tekguc, "undated". "Maternal employment and female labor force participation: A case study from Turkey," Working Papers 1501, Izmir University of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:izm:wpaper:1501

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    Female labor force participation rate; work-family reconciliation; labor force attachment; gender role attitude; Turkey;

    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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