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Gender Effect in Explaining the Mobility Patterns in the Labor Market: A Case Study from Turkey

  • Deger Eryar

    (Izmir University of Economics)

  • Hasan Tekguc

    (Mardin Artuklu Univeristy)

This paper examines the importance of gender on different job mobility patterns using an extensive household survey data from İzmir, third largest city in Turkey. The determinants of job-to-job and job-to-non-employment transitions are analyzed with the help of a multinomial logit estimation method. The results indicate that there is a distinction regarding the probability of job mobility patterns based on gender. It is more likely for women to be engaged in job-to-non-employment transition, whereas men tend to switch jobs more often. Although gender plays a significant role regarding job mobility patterns, traditionally imposed social constraints associated with childcare and household duties provide us with mixed results considering the behavior of women in the job market. On the other hand, having high-paid and secure jobs decreases the probability of both patterns of job mobility.

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Paper provided by Mardin Artuklu Univeristy, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2012-01.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Publication status: published (The Developing Economies (2014), 52(4): 322-350)
Handle: RePEc:mrd:martwp:2012-01
Contact details of provider: Postal: Mardin Artuklu Univeristy Sosyal Bilimler Enstitusu Diyarbakir Yolu, Yenisehir Mardin, 47100 Turkey
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  2. Theodossiou, I. & Zangelidis, A., 2009. "Should I stay or should I go? The effect of gender, education and unemployment on labour market transitions," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(5), pages 566-577, October.
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