How Turkish Welfare Policies Bring Children

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In the early 2000s Turkey was a country in full demographic transition. Fertility rates had dropped to replacement level and were heading toward the lower levels of Southern Europe and Iran. Somehow unexpectedly, Turkey has been able to stop, and in some areas even reverse, this trend in the following years, recording also an increase in marriage rates. A newly published paper by Bocconi's Francesco Billari and Ozan Aksoy asserts that politics, and in particular the Islamist AKP party, played a decisive role in this reversal, through the provision of local welfare policies directed to families.
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