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Estimating the Impact of the Recent Economic Crisis on Work Time in Turkey

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  • Emel Memis
  • S. A. Kaya Bahce

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This paper provides estimates of the impact of the recent economic crisis on paid and unpaid work time in Turkey. The data used in this study come from the first and only time-use survey available at the national level. Infrequency of collection of time-use data in Turkey does not allow us to make a direct comparison of pre- versus postcrisis time-use patterns. We introduce a tractable way for estimating these possible effects by measuring the impact of an increase in unemployment risk on time-use patterns of women and men living in couple households. The method developed here can be applied to other developing-country cases where there is a lack of longitudinal data availability. Our findings support the argument that economic crises reinforce the preexisting gender inequalities in work time.

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  • Emel Memis & S. A. Kaya Bahce, 2011. "Estimating the Impact of the Recent Economic Crisis on Work Time in Turkey," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_686, Levy Economics Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:lev:wrkpap:wp_686
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    Keywords

    Economic Crisis; Gender Inequality; Time Use; Unemployment Risk; Unpaid Work; Turkey;

    JEL classification:

    • B54 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Feminist Economics
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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