Telecommunications Policy Reform in Turkey

25 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2007

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Erkan Akdemir

Cisco Systems

Erdem Basci

Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey

Sübidey Togan

Bilkent University


This paper, considering the economic effects of liberalisation in the telecommunications sector on the Turkish economy, makes use of the empirical studies on the linkages between regulatory regimes and telecommunications prices. Since Turkey is trying to liberalise the telecommunications sector by following the EU approach to liberalisation, the paper considers briefly the regulatory regimes in the telecommunications sectors of the EU and Turkey, determines the ad valorem equivalent of barriers to the telecommunications services sector in Turkey, and derives estimates of the welfare effects of adopting the EU rules and regulations in the Turkish telecommunications sector. It shows that there is tremendous scope for Turkey to benefit from adopting and implementing the legislative, regulatory and institutional framework of the EU telecommunications sector.

Suggested Citation

Akdemir, Erkan and Basci, Erdem and Togan, Subidey, Telecommunications Policy Reform in Turkey. The World Economy, Vol. 30, No. 7, pp. 1114-1138, July 2007, Available at SSRN: or

Erkan Akdemir

Cisco Systems

San Jose, CA 95134
United States

Erdem Basci

Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey ( email )

Istiklal Cad. 10 Ulus
06100 Ankara, Ankara 06050


Subidey Togan (Contact Author)

Bilkent University ( email )

Bilkent, Ankara 06533

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