• “State Aid Policy in the European Union”, with Jan Fidrmuc, Bratislava Economic Meeting 2014, Bratislava-Slovakia, 13-14 June 2014.

Abstract: Industrial policy is an important tool of economic policy making, especially so since the onset of the current global financial crisis in 2008. However, only relatively few empirical studies consider the macroeconomic effects of industrial policy, especially for the European Union countries. In this study, we investigate the effect of state aid policy on economic growth and investment, using a panel data set which covers 27 European Union countries over the period 1992-2011. Our results suggest that state aid policy is not an effective tool to achieve higher economic growth and investment rates in the European Union.

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  • “The Female Vote and the Rise of AKP in Turkey”, with Jan Fidrmuc, The 2014 Meeting of the European Public Choice Society, Cambridge-United Kingdom, 03-06 April 2014.

Abstract: Differences between the voting behavior of men and women have become one of the most significant issues in social science research in recent years. In this study, we examine whether there is gender gap in voting behavior in Turkey by using ESS wave 2-2004 and ESS wave 4-2008 data sets. We find that education level and religiosity are the main elements that determine the voting behavior of both Turkish men and women, and the differences between them. In particular, our results suggest that there was a critical difference in the effect of education on the support for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the 2002 election, which brought the AKP to power.

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