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Maternal education and childhood immunization in Turkey

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  • Mustafa Özer

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    (Faculty of Economics and Administrative Science, Kilis Yedi Aralık University, Turkey; Economics and Finance Department, University of Portsmouth, UK)

  • Jan Fidrmuc

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    (Department of Economics and Finance and CEDI, Brunel University, UK; Institute for Strategy and Analysis, Government Office of the Slovak Republic; CESifo Munich; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis; Global Labor Organization)

  • Mehmet Ali Eryurt

    ()

    (Hacettepe University Institute of Population Studies, Turkey)

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    We study the causal effect of maternal education on childhood immunization rates. We use the Compulsory Education Law (CEL) of 1997, and the differentiation in its implementation across regions, as instruments for schooling of young mothers in Turkey. The CEL increased the compulsory years of schooling of those born after 1986 from 5 to 8 years. We find that education of mothers increases the probability of completing the full course of DPT and Hepatitis B vaccinations for their children. The results are robust to variation in regression specification and including various individual and community variables.

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