Turkey can overcome middle income trap: OECD

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 04.07.2014 00:02
Turkey can overcome middle income trap: OECD

A recently released Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development report shows that Turkey will not fall victim to the so-called middle income trap and will pass the $20,000 per capita level by the centenary of the Republic in 2023.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a report claiming "Turkey is able to overcome the middle income trap," a topic in Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan's area of specialization. According to the report entitled "Shifting Gear: Policy Challenges for the Next 50 Years," Turkey will wait until 2023, the centenary of the Turkish Republic, to break the middle income trap and to reach a per capita income of $20,000 (TL42,000).

The report also suggests that Turkey will move toward a per capita income of $30,000 in 2037 and this figure will reach the present level of a U.S. citizen's per capita income, by hitting $44,900 in 2060. According to the estimations in the report, apart from Russia, per capita income of Turkey will outnumber all those of emerging economies including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa in 2060. The OECD tabularized predictions as to how the main economic indicators of the member countries will move on until 2060.

According to purchasing power parity of the U.S. dollar in 2005, Turkey's per capita income was $14,990 last year and it is expected to increase to $14,315 this year. On its way to break the middle income trap, Turkey will see a per capita income of about $20,000 as of 2023. The average per capita income of Turkey will be $20,379,035 in 2023, while it is expected to reach $30,000 in 2037. Turkey will surpass $40,000 in 2053 and will hit $44,900 in 2060 as it nears the current figures of the U.S. The total potential production volume of Turkey is expected to double by 2028. Outnumbering the limit of $1 trillion GDP in 2012, Turkey will move into the group of countries which have $2 trillion and $3 trillion in 2018 and 2041 successively. This figure is expected to reach $4 trillion in 2056.

According to OECD predictions, the shrinking income gap between the developed and emerging economies will lower the economic migration to developed countries. This decrease in migration will add to demographic pressure caused by an ageing population. That demographic pressure is expected to lessen the labor force by 20 percent in the U.S. and by 15 percent in the eurozone.

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