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The Economics and Finance Letters

January 2016, Volume 3, 1, pp 8-12

Education and Income Relationship in Turkey

Feride Ozturk

Feride Ozturk 1

  1. Department of International Trade and Business, Bülent Ecevit University, Zonguldak, Turkey 1

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Pages: 8-12

DOI: 10.18488/journal.29/2016.3.1/

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This paper examines the causal relationship between four different measures of education and income in Turkey using time series data for the period 1971-2013. The four measures are: (a) gross primary-school enrolment, (b) gross secondary-school enrolment, (c) gross higher-school enrolment and (d) government expenditure on education relative to total government expenditure. The analysis employs a Toda and Yamamoto (1995) approach to Granger non-causality. The empirical findings indicate evidence of a unidirectional causality running from secondary-school enrolment to GDP per capita and higher-school enrolment to GDP per capita. The results also indicate that primary education and government spending on education do not Granger cause economic growth and vice versa.

Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes in the existing literature on the relationship between education and growth. This study is one of very few studies which have investigated the causal relationship between four different measures of education and GDP per capita in Turkey using time series data for the period 1971-2013.


Education, Economic growth, Government expenditure, Toda-Yamamoto, Granger causality, Human capital.



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