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Booze and Women: Gendering Labor Market Outcomes of Secular Consumption Patterns in a Muslim Society

F. Kemal Kızılca
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F. Kemal Kızılca: Ankara University

No 280, EY International Congress on Economics II (EYC2015), November 5-6, 2015, Ankara, Turkey from Ekonomik Yaklasim Association

Abstract: Using information in the household consumption data as a signal of secularity, this study explores the effect of religion on women’s labor force and educational participation (FLFP) in a Muslim-dominated country, Turkey. A household is categorized as secular if its members report that they consume goods that contradict conservative Islamic practices, such as alcohol. This information is then used in FLFP estimations. The results show that living in a secular household has a positive and highly significant effect on the probability of labor market participation of married women. For single women, most of whom are in the school-age, the estimations also provide weaker evidence regarding the positive effect of secularity on the probability of educational participation and paid work.

Keywords: Consumption; Female Labor Force Participation; Religion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 Z12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 2 pages
Date: 2015
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