Maternal education and childhood immunization in Turkey

ÖZER M., Fidrmuc J., ERYURT M. A.

HEALTH ECONOMICS, vol.27, no.8, pp.1218-1229, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/hec.3770
  • Title of Journal : HEALTH ECONOMICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.1218-1229


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 8years. We find that education of mothers increases the probability of completing the full course of diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccinations for their children. The results are robust to variations in regression specification and including various individual and community variables.