Decentralization, economic development, and growth in Turkish provinces
AbstractThere have been important developments in the decentralization of the government structure in Turkey since the early 1980s. This paper examines economic development and growth in Turkish provinces. Although there is a rich literature on the economic effects of government decentralization from both developed and developing countries, these effects have not been examined widely in the context of Turkish local governments. The authors first describe changes since the early 1980s and recent reform efforts. They then provide an empirical analysis of the effects of decentralization in Turkish provinces using cross-sectional and panel data approaches. The panel dataset consists of 67 provinces from 1976 to 2001. The analysis examines whether variations in local decentralization across these provinces and across time have had a significant impact on economic development and growth in those provinces. The findings suggest a weak negative economic effect of decentralization through a number of municipalities per capita. However, the findings do not show any significant impact from the creation of new provinces by separation from the existing ones.
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Municipal Financial Management; Economic Theory&Research; Regional Governance; Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Local Finance Management; Public Sector Management and Reform;
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- Mehmet Serkan Tosun & Serdar Yilmaz, 2010. "Decentralization, Economic Development, and Growth in Turkish Provinces," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 46(4), pages 71-91, January.
- NEP-ALL-2008-10-07 (All new papers)
- NEP-GEO-2008-10-07 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-PBE-2008-10-07 (Public Economics)
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