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Economic Development and Religiosity: An Investigation of Turkish Cities

In: Proceedings of the Conference on Emerging Economic Issues in a Globalizing World

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  • Sacit Hadi Akdede

    (Adnan Menderes University)

  • Hakan Hotunluoðlu

    (Adnan Menderes University)

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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.

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  • Oguz Esen & Ayla Ogus (ed.), 2008. "Proceedings of the International Conference on Emerging Economic Issues in a Globalizing World," Proceedings of the IUE-SUNY Cortland Conference in Economics, Izmir University of Economics, number 2008.
    This item is provided by Izmir University of Economics in its series Papers of the Annual IUE-SUNY Cortland Conference in Economics with number 200816.

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    Keywords: Turkey; religiosity and economic development;

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    1. Ziad Esa Yazid & Joriah Mohamad & Henk Folmer, 2011. "Secularization In Malaysia: Evidence From Zakat Contribution," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1645, European Regional Science Association.

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