Turkey’s Government Shows Little Concern for Growing Income Inequality

Civil servants and members of Turkish unions march to protest against the government's economic policies, Ankara, Turkey, April 4, 2015 (AP photo).
Civil servants and members of Turkish unions march to protest against the government's economic policies, Ankara, Turkey, April 4, 2015 (AP photo).
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Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on income inequality and poverty reduction in various countries around the world. In 2000, the wealthiest 1 percent of Turks owned 38 percent of Turkey’s total wealth. Today, despite a decade and a half of solid economic growth, the top 1 percent controls around 55 percent of total wealth. In an email interview, Aysen Candas, an associate professor at Bogazici University, discusses income inequality in Turkey. WPR: What is the rate of income inequality in Turkey, what are the latest trends in terms of increasing or lessening inequality, and […]

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