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.
Insan TunaliKoc University
Dr. Insan Tunalı is an Associate Professor of Economics at Koç University where he teaches courses on Econometrics and Labor Economics. His recent research focus is on population and labor market dynamics and methodological issues. He is an active contributor to economic policy discussions grounded on sound empirical work.