This study investigates the determinants of private sector investments in Turkey with a focus on democracy. Using the Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) bounds testing approach and two different democracy indices along with the other determinants of private investment, we estimated a private investment function for the 1975-2014 period. Our main finding is that democracy has a profound positive impact on private investment. Moreover, the results show that: (i) public investment is a substitute to private investment; (ii) macroeconomic instability dissuades private investment; (iii) real interest is a serious impediment to private investment; (iv) financial development and GDP growth rate stimulate private investment.
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