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Spatial Analysis of Regional Inequalities in Turkey

  • Ferhan Gezici
  • Geoffrey J. D. Hewings

In this paper, we examine regional inequalities in Turkey not only at the interprovincial level but for three different regional definitions as well. It has raised questions about inequalities not only between regions (interregional) but inequalities within each region. Hence, one contribution of this paper is to test the effects of aggregation and scale on the identification of regional inequalities using currently accepted spatial analytic methods. The results indicate that overall inequalities are decreasing; however spatial dependence is becoming more dominant. The Theil Index indicates that interregional inequalities are increasing while intraregional inequalities are declining for all spatial partitions from 1980 to 1997. Most developed provinces are enhancing overall inequalities, although there is some evidence of a spread effect on their neighbours.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal European Planning Studies.

Volume (Year): 15 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 383-403

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