OECD stated Turkey is one of the high income economies?

CLAIM: The OECD stated that eight countries, including Turkey, have moved from the middle-income category to the high income category.


According to the claims on some new sites like Sabah, Akşam and Star, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) stated that the low growth in the developed countries and the high growth in the developing countries caused a change in the classification of income.  According to this new classification the middle income economies of 2015, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey are now high income economies.

The claims also mentioned by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in a speech he made via video conference in the opening ceremony of “Ilgaz 15 Temmuz İstiklal Tunnel” on December 26th, does not reflect the truth.

Contrary to the claims in the stories that sourced the report “Global Development Perspectives 2017” by OECD, there is no statement about Turkey moved to the high income economies group. Turkey, like last year, is in the “middle income” group.


Doğruluk Payı, who fact-checks politicians, analyzed the statements of the President. According to Doğruluk Payı the part that was subject to the President’s claim and Sabah’s story stems from the misinterpretation of the OECD report.

Towards the end of the report, four different 2030 scenarios are being drafted and in the second scenario, Turkey, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico and South Africa, which are in the middle income group in 2015, will be in the high income group in 2030.