Impact of relative population change on regional income convergence: Evidence from Turkey

Kilçaslan Y., Özatǎan G.

Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, vol.19, no.3, pp.210-223, 2007 (Scopus) identifier


The aim of this paper is to show the impact of relative population change on regional income convergence. Using the panel data of 64 Turkish provinces from 1987 to 2000, the results from modified convergence analyses show that both income and per capita income between provinces in Turkey indicate converging patterns. The convergence rates for the provincial per capita income, however, turned out to be about 30percent larger than that of income. In order to examine this difference, the impact of relative population change on the growth process is incorporated using a decomposition analysis. The findings suggest that 17percent of the 100percentage point growth of per capita income resulted from the change in population share in favour of the provinces with high per capita incomes. The existence and pace of regional income convergence, therefore, may well be related to the degree of relative population change. © The Applied Regional Science Conference (ARSC)/Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd. 2007.