The Evaluation of the Social Security Reform in Turkey in terms of Restoring the Actuarial Balance and Fighting Against Poverty

Yetkin Ataer M., Nalbant Efe G.

in: Institutions & Economic Policies Effects on Social Justice, Employment, Environmental Protection & Growth, İrem Berksoy,Kutlu Dane,Milenko Popovic), Editor, IJOPEC PUBLICATION, London, pp.19-40, 2017

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • City: London
  • Page Numbers: pp.19-40
  • Editors: İrem Berksoy,Kutlu Dane,Milenko Popovic), Editor


In Turkey, the improper practices of governments ruined the actuarial balance of the social security administrations whose budgets required transfers from the general budget continuously. To maintain a financially sustainable social security system, the Government put into force some revenue-increasing and expenditure-reducing measures simultaneously as a prescription of the neoliberal practice. The aim of this paper is to show what the reform has brought in terms of its alleged reasons, the restoration of the actuarial balance and protection against poverty, from the economic perspective. We found out that, although it has been relied on constitutional provisions such as equality and social security, the reform has been concretized in higher premiums and lower repayments.