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

Öz 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.

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