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Education, Political Discontent, and Emigration Intentions: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Turkey

Z. Eylem Gevrek, Pinar Kunt and Heinrich Ursprung ()

No 7710, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: We exploit the 1997 school reform that increased compulsory schooling from 5 to 8 years to investigate the causal effect of education on emigration intentions. Our IV estimates indicate that an additional year of schooling increases the probability of reporting the intention to emigrate by 24 percentage points. Moreover, we provide evidence that the identified effect of education on emigration intentions does not operate through financial dissatisfaction but rather through displeasure at a bleak political environment that better educated people are more keenly aware of.

Keywords: education; migration; political discontent (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I25 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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