Hüseyin Gül Songül Sallan Gül


The paper questions whether the receipt of poverty assistance stifles the incentive to participate inthe labour market and leads to dependency among aid recipients. For this purpose, several indicatorsare analyzed including the profiles and attitudes of the poor, the sufficiency and types of poverty assistance,the conditions of the labour market, poverty assistance and work linkages. The data used in thestudy come from a research funded by the United Nations Development Programme and conducted withthe support of the General Directorate of Social Assistance and Solidarity in three provinces in Turkey.The findings of the study suggest that the receipt of poverty assistance does not necessarily reduce theincentives to work. The issue is much more complex, and low-wage labour market conditions and thetraits of the poor are associated with the receipt of aid and the work attitudes of the poor. The study isexpected to contribute to the understanding of the problem of poverty, the work attitudes of the poorand the system of poverty assistance in Turkey as well as the ways of using social assistance more effectivelyand include or keep the poor in the labour market.