The effect of squatter housing on income distribution in urban Turkey

Baslevent C., Dayioglu M.

URBAN STUDIES, vol.42, no.1, pp.31-45, 2005 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/004298042000309685
  • Journal Name: URBAN STUDIES
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.31-45
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of home-ownership on income distribution in Turkey. Making use of raw data from an official income distribution survey which provides information on cash and in-kind incomes of household members and imputed rents for home-owners, it is found that home-ownership has an equalising effect on income distribution in the urban areas of Turkey. This result is attributed to the fact that many low-income families reside in squatter housing built at the outskirts of large cities.