Why has occupational sex segregation in Turkey increased since 1975?

Judy Rich, S. Palaz

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We have used occupational data on Turkey available for the period 1975–2000, to analyse the impact of countervailing legislative effects, economic activity, and cultural attitudes on the sex segregation of occupations. We find that the Turkish labour market is now more segregated than 25 years ago. The recession at the end of the 1970s led to a rise in sex segregation at that time, which has reversed only slowly. Anti-discrimination legislation introduced in the early 1980s and amended in the 1990s may have contributed to the improvement seen over the 1980s particularly in professional occupations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-218
Number of pages34
JournalLabour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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