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Non-Linear Regional Income Divergence And Policies: Turkey Case


  • Hasan Engin DURAN

    () (Izmir Institute of Technology, City and Regional Planning Department,Assistant Professor of Economics, G?lbahce Kamp?s?, Izmir Y?ksek Teknoloji Ensit?s?, Mimarl?k Fak?ltesi, ?ehir ve b?lge Planlama B?l?m?, Urla-Izmir, Tel: +90 506 845 59 83)


The literature on economic convergence is strongly influenced by Neo-Classical Growth model. It describes a monotone saddle path along which each economy converges towards a unique steady state. Commonly employed method in convergence analysis is the linear cross-sectional regressions which links the annual growth rate of regions to their initial income level. Ignoring the non-linearities is important from a policy perspective that implications obtained from a linear regression can be very different to the policies learned from a non-linear case. Aim of the present study is to analyze regional income convergence in Turkey by using nonparametric convergence regressions. We implement our study for 67 provinces and a period 1975-2000. We find that the relationship between initial income and growth takes a inverted-U shape which means that the very low-income and high-income group of provinces experince a slow growth pattern compared to middle-income group. This has several implications for regional economic pol

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  • Hasan Engin DURAN, 2015. "Non-Linear Regional Income Divergence And Policies: Turkey Case," Regional Science Inquiry, Hellenic Association of Regional Scientists, vol. 0(2), pages 107-114, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:hrs:journl:v:vii:y:2015:i:2:p:107-114

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    Convergence; nonparametric regressions; Regional Policies;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)


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