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Testing for Stochastic and Beta-convergence in Latin American Countries

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  • ESCOBARI, Diego

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This paper uses time-series data from nineteen Latin American countries and the U.S. to test for income convergence using two existing definitions of convergence and a new testable definition of ?-convergence. Only Dominican Republic and Paraguay were found to pair-wise converge according to the Bernard and Durlauf (1995) definition. More evidence of stochastic convergence exists when allowing for structural breaks using the two-break minimum LM unit root of Lee and Strazicich (2003). The results show greater evidence of convergence within Central America than within South America. Dominican Republic is the only country that complies with the neoclassical conditions of income convergence.

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Article provided by Euro-American Association of Economic Development in its journal Applied Econometrics and International Development.

Volume (Year): 11 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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Keywords: Economic growth; Convergence; Latin America; Time-series.;

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  1. Escobari, Diego & Damianov, Damian & Bello, Andres, 2012. "A time series test to identify housing bubbles," MPRA Paper 44360, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  3. Sperlich, Y., 2013. "Comparing the Speed of Convergence in American Integration Areas," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 13(1), pages 77-88.
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