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Poverty trends in Turkey

Demir Şeker, Sırma and Jenkins, Stephen P. ORCID: 0000-0002-8305-9774 (2015) Poverty trends in Turkey. Journal of Economic Inequality, 13 (3). pp. 401-424. ISSN 1569-1721

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10888-015-9300-8


This paper provides new evidence about poverty trends in Turkey between 2003 and 2012 and the factors accounting for them. We give particular attention to issues of statistical inference, and the choice of the poverty line and the poverty measure. Our robust conclusion is that absolute poverty declined rapidly between 2003 and 2008 but fell only slightly between 2008 and 2012. Changes in relative poverty were negligible throughout. Using decomposition methods, we argue that the declines in the absolute poverty rate are largely accounted for by changes in the rate of economic growth rather than by distributional changes or changes in population composition.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General > C12 - Hypothesis Testing
D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I32 - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2015 09:26
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:01
Projects: RES-518-28-001, ES/L009153/1
Funders: Research Centre on Micro-Social Change ( Institute for Social and Economic Research), University of Essex, Economic and Social Research Council

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