This conference is co-organized with TÜSİAD, and in the conference, the Research Report “The Evolution and Determinants of the Turkish Private Saving Rate: What Lessons for Policy?” has been presented by Caroline Van Rijckeghem and Murat Üçer. The report looks into the evolution and determinants of the saving rate in Turkey, with a particular focus on private savings. In an attempt to find out the reasons of the sharp reduction in the private savings rate in recent years, it analyzes the macro development of private savings in Turkey in an historical and international context, while taking into account the key importance of demographic factors and on the micro side, the household savings trends. It draws lessons for policy and examines policy options in the taxation and pension area.
Professor Christopher Carroll from Johns Hopkins University, who is renown for his research on consumption and saving behavior, was the key note speaker of the conference.
In the panel session, the speakers; Burcu Duygan-Bump from Federal Reserve Boston, Hasan Ersel from Sabanci University, Ayşe İmrohoroglu from the University of Southern California and Insan Tunali from Koç University, discussed the recent trends in Turkish private savings as well as commenting on the report.
Conference Program and the Presentations:
ECONOMIC RESEARCH FORUM CONFERENCE
“MICRO AND MACRO PERSPECTIVES ON PRIVATE SAVINGS IN TURKEY”
June 11, 2008
Ceylan InterContinental Istanbul, Anadolu Room
09:15-09:30 Opening Remarks
Kamil Yılmaz – ERF, Director
Ali Kibar – TÜSİAD, Member of Board of Directors
09:30-10:15 Keynote Speech
Christopher Carroll – Johns Hopkins University
10:15-11:00 “The Evolution and Determinants of the Turkish Private Saving Rate: What Lessons for Policy?”
Caroline Van Rijckeghem – Sabancı University
Murat Üçer – Global Source Turkey and Koç University
11:00-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:45 Panel Session
Ümit İzmen – TÜSİAD, Deputy of General Secretary
Burcu Duygan – Federal Reserve Boston
Hasan Ersel – Sabancı University
Ayşe İmrohoroğlu – University of Southern California
İnsan Tunalı – Koç University
12:45-13:00 Q & A