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The Impact of Maternal Education on Early Childhood Development: The Case of Turkey

Deniz Karaoglan (), Serap Sagir (), Meltem Dayioglu () and Durdane Sirin Saracoglu ()
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Deniz Karaoglan: Department of Economics, Gebze Technical University
Serap Sagir: Department of Economics, Middle East Technical University
Meltem Dayioglu: Department of Economics, Middle East Technical University
Durdane Sirin Saracoglu: Department of Economics, Middle East Technical University

No 2023-02, Working Papers from Gebze Technical University, Department of Economics

Abstract: In this paper we investigate the relationship between mother’s education level and the development of young children in Turkey using representative microdata from the 2018 Turkey Demographic and Health Survey (TDHS). The data include detailed information about the developmental status of young children of 36-to-59 months old. We find that only when the mother has at least a high school level education, there is a positive impact on the child’s developmental status as summarized the Early Childhood Development (ECD) index, which is an index constructed based on the child’s four developmental domains. We also show that the household’s wealth is also positively associated with the child’s developmental status, particularly in the socio-emotional and the learning readiness domains.

Keywords: Early Childhood Development; Mother’s Education; Socioeconomic Status; Turkey (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C5 I00 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2023-07-27
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