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World Development Indicators

World Development Indicators
The primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates. TypeTime seriesPeriodicityAnnualLast Updated01-Feb-2017Economy CoverageWLD, EAP, ECA, LAC, MNA, SAS, SSA, HIC, LMY, IBRD, IDAGranularityNational, RegionalNumber of Economies217TopicAgriculture & Rural Development, Aid Effectiveness, Climate Change, Economy & Growth, Education, Energy & Mining, Environment, External Debt, Financial Sector, Gender, Health, Infrastructure, Labor & Social Protection, Poverty, Private Sector, Public Sector, Science & Technology, Social Development, Trade, Urban DevelopmentUpdate FrequencyQuarterlyUpdate ScheduleApril, July, September, DecemberContact Detailsdata@worldbank.orgAccess OptionsAPI, Bulk download, Mobile app, Query toolAttribution/citationWorld Development Indicators, The World BankCoverage1960 - 2016

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Turkey: Making the productivity and growth breakthrough Turkey's economy is poised to take off. Completing a successful transformation, however, means Turkey needs to confront monopolies and traditionally-run businesses that are slow to modernize. MGI shows how privatization and enforcement of financial laws will boost the economy. Turkey has a watershed decision to make. Policymakers can remove the fundamental roadblocks to faster productivity growth. Or they can maintain the status quo, allowing productivity to limp along at 40 percent of best practice levels, holding Turkey back from a breakthrough to sustained rapid growth. The implications for Turkey are crucial in terms of not only providing an improved standard of living for its population of 65–70 million but also making itself a more attractive candidate for acceptance into the EU. The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) analyzed productivity levels in 11 sectors across the economy and has provided a series of recommendations based on that analysis. Telecommunications Sector Apparel sector

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