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Regional Economic Convergence in Turkey: Does the Government Really Matter for?

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Necmettin Erbakan University, Selçuklu 42060, Turkey
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Authors’ Note: This paper is an extended and modified version of an earlier study titled “Regional Economic Convergence and Role of Government: A Case Study on NUTS 2 Regions in Turkey” which was presented in WEI 2016 Academic Conference held in Rome, Italy.
Academic Editor: Vassilis Tselios
Economies 2017, 5(3), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/economies5030027
Received: 21 March 2017 / Revised: 6 July 2017 / Accepted: 18 July 2017 / Published: 24 July 2017
Solow (1956) has made an essential contribution to the Neo-classical growth approach through the economic convergence hypothesis. It assumes that poorer countries’ or regions’ per capita incomes tend to grow at faster rates than the richer ones. Convergence could occur either among a group of economies with the same steady states or within regions in which their fundamental dynamics differ, and thus they exhibit multiple steady states. This study aims to investigate convergence with respect to GDP per capita across NUTS 2 regions in Turkey for the time period 2004–2014. In the convergence process, we also inquire into role of government in terms of regional government investments and fixed investment incentives. All the empirical results confirm the validity of the convergence hypothesis at a regional level. Also, in the context of the convergence process, it is possible to conclude that the role of government is likely to be decisive in solving regional economic disparities. View Full-Text
Keywords: regional economic convergence; regional incentives; government investments; regional economic disparities; panel data analysis regional economic convergence; regional incentives; government investments; regional economic disparities; panel data analysis
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Gömleksiz, M.; Şahbaz, A.; Mercan, B. Regional Economic Convergence in Turkey: Does the Government Really Matter for? Economies 2017, 5, 27.

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