"Local Elites, Land Inequality, and Nation-building through Public Education" (with Asli Cansunar).

This paper theorizes that primary school attendance is lower in places with high levels of land inequality, as stronger local elites discourage attendance by sanctioning the community through their economic power. We test this argument by combining village-level archival data from the early Turkish Republican era and geospatial data, with a particular focus on the Kurdish region, where the feudal-landlord system was prevalent.

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