Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/114145
Authors: 
Aydemir, Abdurrahman
Kirdar, Murat G.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9274
Abstract: 
In this paper, we estimate the returns on schooling for young men and women in Turkey using the exogenous and substantial variation in schooling across birth-cohorts brought about by the 1997 reform of compulsory schooling. We estimate that among 18- to 26-year-olds, the return from an extra year of schooling is almost zero for men and 3.8 percent for women. The low level of these estimates contrasts starkly with those estimated for other developing countries. We identify several reasons why the returns on schooling are low and why they are higher for women in our context. In particular, the policy alters the schooling distributions of men and women differently, thus the average causal effect we estimate puts a higher weight on the causal effect of schooling at higher grade levels for women than for men.
Subjects: 
returns to education
compulsory schooling laws
wages
gender
JEL: 
J18
J31
I21
I28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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