Convergence of Electricity Consumption in Turkey: Spatial Panel Data Analysis

29 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2016

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Gulsum Akarsu

Ondokuz Mayis University

Burcu Berke

Omer Halisdemir University

Date Written: November 24, 2016

Abstract

The issue of convergence has been discussed in many theoretical and empirical studies. Because per capita electricity consumption is considered as an indication of economic growth and development, this study aims to test the presence of “absolute and conditional beta convergence” of per capita electricity consumption among the provinces of Turkey between 1986 and 2013. Using the spatial panel data model, our findings show evidence of absolute beta-convergence of per capita electricity consumption among the provinces of Turkey. We conclude that regional policies are successful in reducing the regional disparities in per capita electricity consumption among the provinces of Turkey.

Keywords: Convergence, per capita Electricity Consumption, Spatial Panel Data Model, Turkey

JEL Classification: O11; O18

Suggested Citation

Akarsu, Gulsum and Berke, Burcu, Convergence of Electricity Consumption in Turkey: Spatial Panel Data Analysis (November 24, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2875301 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2875301

Gulsum Akarsu (Contact Author)

Ondokuz Mayis University ( email )

19 Mayıs Üniversitesi
Kurupelit, Samsun 55139
Turkey

Burcu Berke

Omer Halisdemir University ( email )

Niğde Üniversitesi Rektörlüğü,, Bor Yolu Üzeri
Niğde, 51240
Turkey

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