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|Title:||Maternal education and childhood immunization in Turkey|
|Keywords:||difference;diphtheria;pertussis;and tetanus (DPT);Hepatitis B;instrumental variable|
|Abstract:||We study the causal effect of maternal education on childhood immunization rates. We use the Compulsory Education Law of 1997, and the differentiation in its implementation across regions, as instruments for schooling of young mothers in Turkey. The Compulsory Education Law increased the compulsory years of schooling of those born after 1986 from 5 to 8 years. We find that edu- cation of mothers increases the probability of completing the full course of diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccinations for their chil- dren. The results are robust to variations in regression specification and includ- ing various individual and community variables.|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Economics and Finance Research Papers|
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