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Regional Convergence in Turkey Regarding Welfare Indicators

Seda Özgül and Metin Karadağ

Sosyoekonomi Journal, 2015, issue 23(24)

Abstract: The main aim of this study is to investigate conditional convergence by using welfare indicators at NUTS 2 level in Turkey. We use cross-section analysis for the 1990-2001 time period for the aim of the study. Three growth indicators were used as the dependent variable, which are per capita GDP, per person employed GDP and development index. Hence, the effects of illiterate population rate, high school graduated rate, public capital per person, population growth rate on convergence were investigated. The results of this study show that there is some evidence of unconditional convergence in Turkey in general. Moreover, the results indicate that socio-economic indicators have no effect on regional growth in general. Only the population growth rate which is used in the analysis and per capita GDP as dependent variable has negative and significant results.

Keywords: Regional Development; Conditional Convergence; Cross-section Analyzes; Welfare Indicators. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C51 R11 R15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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