The Relationship Between Unemployment Rate and Economic Growth: The Case of Turkey

Mehmet Mucuk, Ayşen Edirneligil, Mustafa Gerçeker


This paper investigates the relationship between unemployment rate and economic growth rate over the period 2002-2014 for Turkey. In this context, Johansen cointegration test and vector error correction model is applied to determine this relationship. Empirical findings show that the variables are not cointegrated so; there is no causal link between the two variables. This result does not support the Okun Law. However, in the short run growth shock have a negative impact on unemployment rate. On the other hand, shocks in unemployment have positive impact on the growth. The findings of this study have important policy implications.

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