While the standard definition of unemployment is useful for international comparisons, it may not be adequate for assessing the degree of labour market attachment in many developing countries. This column reports evidence from Turkey that there is a significant group of ‘marginally attached’ individuals who appear to be non-participants in the labour market but are in fact ready for employment when work is available.
Hayriye Özgül Özkan-DeğirmenciMuğla Sıtkı Koçman University
Hayriye Özgül Özkan-Değirmenci is a Research Assistant in Economics at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University. She received her BA and MA in Economics from Koç University. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Economics at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University. Her research interest is in the areas of labor economics, particularly wage inequality and labor supply decisions.