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German Influence on Turkish Economic Thought and Policy in the 19th and 20th Centuries

20/06/2024, 10:00 - 21/06/2024, 14:30, Essen | hybrid

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This international workshop follows the traces of German influence on Turkish economic thought and policy in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on the one-way flow of economic knowledge from Germany to Turkey. The research will benefit scholars of the history of economic thought and economic history, since it will provide an example of heterodox continental influence on economic thought and policy, before Anglo-American mainstream economics almost entirely dominated economics as a social science after the Second World War.

Scholars from Turkey and Germany will present findings of their research on various aspects, such as early influences from German refugee economists, the Asiatic mode of production, German soft power in Turkey in the interwar era, and the role of the journal “Kadro” in forming and reforming economic thinking.

The workshop is organised by Mustafa Erdem Özgür, professor of economics from Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir (Turkey), who is currently a Senior Fellow at the College, and Jakob Kapeller, professor for socio-economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


Please register by 18 June for on-site or digital participation.



The hybrid workshop will take place at the College for Social Sciences and Humanities, online participation is possible via Zoom (the access link will be sent to registered participants).


20 June 2024

10:00–10:15 – Introduction
Jakob Kapeller & M. Erdem Özgür

10:15–10:45 – The Effect of Cameralism on Ottoman Economic Thought Revisited
Mesut Sert | Hakkari University

10:45–11:15 – Reevaluating Human Capital in Turkish Economic Thought: Another Instance of German Influence
Erkan Gurpinar | Social Sciences University of Ankara

11:15–11:45 – Kadro’s Conception of the Role of the State, and its Position on Reforming Economics Education Disentangling the Staatswissenschaften and Historismus Effects
Eyüp Özveren | Middle East Technical University, Ankara

13:00–13:30 – German Economists in Turkey
Hakkı Bilen | Independent Researcher

13:30–14:00 – German Refugee Economists and the Birth of Turkish Economic Thought: A Study of Early Influences and Contributions
Merve Kılıçkan | University of Kassel, International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER)

14:00–14:30 – Divitçioğlu, Wittfogel, and the Asiatic Mode of Production Revisited
Altug Yalcintas | Ankara University

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21 June 2024

10:00–10:30 – How Asiatic Mode of Production Was Discussed in Turkey?
Alp Yücel Kaya | Ege University, Izmir

10:30–11:00 – Agrarian Populism as an Ideological Discourse in Interwar Europe: Reflections from the German and Turkish Experiences
Asım Karaömerlioğlu | Bogazici University, Istanbul

11:00–11:30 – German Soft Power in Turkey in the Interwar Era 1919-1939
Mert Dogukan Perk | Independent Researcher

13:00–13:30 – German Influence on the Turkish Business Institutions
Seven Agir | Middle East Technical University, Ankara

13:30–14:00 – The signature of the German-Turkish First Gastarbeiter Agreement (1961)
Ali Sait Yilkin | Bielefeld University

14:00–14:30 – Final Discussion

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Organisation & Chair

Prof. Mustafa Erdem Özgür

Dokuz Eylül University Izmir (Turkey) | Economics


M. Erdem Özgür is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Business, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir. Previously, he was employed by Bülent Ecevit University, Zonguldak, where he had served as vice director of the Maritime Business School. He received his PhD degree from George Mason University in 2005, and his MSc and BSc degrees from Middle East Technical University. His research interests include economic history and history of economic thought with a specific focus on the 19th century. He has papers presented at various professional conferences on his research interests. He has published articles and book chapters as well as co-edited books on the economic history of and history of economic thought in the Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Europe, and the US. The courses he taught include history of economic thought, institutional economics, economic history, and principles of economics.

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Prof. Jakob Kapeller

University of Duisburg-Essen | Socio-Economics


Prof. Jakob Kapeller

University of Duisburg-Essen | Socio-Economics


Jakob Kapeller is a philosopher who  accidentally became an economist. He serves as a Professor at the Institute for Socio-Economics (www.uni-due.de/soziooekonomie) at the University of Duisburg-Essen and heads the Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy (ICAE) at Johannes Kepler University Linz (www.jku.at/icae). Jakob has published widely in different disciplinary contexts and has received several scientific awards for his works. He regularly participates in the organization of academic conferences and other scientific community services. Most importantly, he serves as the editor of the Heterodox Economics Newsletter (www.heterodoxnews.com) since 2013.

Website: www.jakob-kapeller.org