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Convergence Across Provinces of Turkey : A Spatial Analysis

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  • Altan Aldan
  • Esma Gaygisiz

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The aim of this study is to analyze regional disparities and to test the convergence hypothesis across the provinces in Turkey. The study also attempts to analyze the spatial spillovers in the growth process of the provinces. The analyses cover the 1987-2001 period. Two alternative methodologies are used in the analyses. First, the methodology of b-convergence based on cross-sectional regressions is used and the effects of spatial dependence are analyzed by using spatial econometric techniques. Second, Markov chain analysis is employed and spatial dependence is integrated using spatial Markov chains. Results from both methodologies signal non-existence of convergence and the existence of spatial spillovers in the growth process of provinces.

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  • Altan Aldan & Esma Gaygisiz, 2006. "Convergence Across Provinces of Turkey : A Spatial Analysis," Working Papers 0609, Research and Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.
  • Handle: RePEc:tcb:wpaper:0609
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    1. Frank Bickenbach & Eckhardt Bode, 2003. "Evaluating the Markov Property in Studies of Economic Convergence," International Regional Science Review, , vol. 26(3), pages 363-392, July.
    2. Julie Le Gallo, 2004. "Space-Time Analysis of GDP Disparities among European Regions: A Markov Chains Approach," International Regional Science Review, , vol. 27(2), pages 138-163, April.
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    Cited by:

    1. Harun Ucak, 2011. "Turkey’s Population Dynamics As A Candidate Country For EU Membership," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 1(4), pages 180-198.
    2. Karaman, Fatma & Dogruel, Fatma, 2011. "Regional convergence in Turkey: the role of government in economic environment augmenting activities," MPRA Paper 34271, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Alper Aslan & Ferit Kula, 2011. "Is there Really Divergence Across Turkish Provinces? Evidence From the Lagrange Multiplier Unit Root Tests," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(3), pages 539-549, March.

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    Keywords

    Regional Disparities; b-convergence; Markov Chains; Spatial Econometrics.;

    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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