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Economic Development and Religiosity: An Investigation of Turkish Cities

Sacit Akdede () and Hakan Hotunluoðlu
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Hakan Hotunluoðlu: Adnan Menderes University

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A chapter in Proceedings of the International Conference on Emerging Economic Issues in a Globalizing World, 2008, pp 261-271 from Izmir University of Economics

Abstract: The relationship between the degree of religiosity and economic development is empirically investigated for a cross-section of all Turkish cities with municipal authorities. It is found that economic development and the degree of religiosity have a non-linear relationship. Religiosity increases with industrialization first, however, as the industrialization increases more, the degree of religiosity decreases. Coastal towns are less religious. Mosques and schools are complements rather than substitutes as they affect each other positively. This can be interpreted as the ideological competition between religious communities and secularists.

Keywords: Turkey; religiosity and economic development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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