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Sigma Convergence Versus Beta Convergence: Evidence from U.S. County-Level Data (revised version)

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  • Andrew T. Young

    (University of Mississippi)

  • Matthew J. Higgins

    (Georgia Institute of Technology)

  • Daniel Levy

    ()
    (Bar-Ilan University)

Abstract

In this paper we outline (i) why sigma-convergence may not accompany beta-convergence, (ii) discuss evidence of beta-convergence in the U.S., and (iii) use U.S. county-level data containing over 3,000 cross-sectional observations to demonstrate that sigma-convergence has not occurred at the county-level across the U.S., or within the vast majority of the individual U.S. states considered separately.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University in its series Working Papers with number 2006-1.

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Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:biu:wpaper:2006-1

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Keywords: Sigma Convergence; Beta Convergence; Solow Growth Model; Speed of Convergence; U.S. County-Level Data; Income Distribution; Gini Coefficient; Equality;

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  1. Kim, Young Se & Rous, Jeffrey J., 2012. "House price convergence: Evidence from US state and metropolitan area panels," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 21(2), pages 169-186.

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