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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-16
Who Benefits? : The Class Impact of Social Security Reform in Turkey


The literature has shown that in advanced democracies left-wing governments pursue more income redistribution than right-wing governments by increasing social spending, while in developing countries larger social spending is not associated with greater equality. Yet, even in developing countries, a relatively representative government can attempt to redress income inequality. During the last decade in Turkey, a mass-based government initiated social security reform including the introduction of a universal health service system. The current research examines if the reform has had any redistributive impact. Using individual-level data from the Life Satisfaction Research, we use multiple regressions to test the hypothesis that the level of satisfaction with health services increases over time for lower-income respondents.


April 2012 - February 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] HAZAMA Yasushi


  • First Year: submission for a journal