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A New Approach For Analysing Income Convergence Across Countries

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  • Donal O'Neill
  • Philippe Van Kerm

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In this paper we develop a coherent framework that integrates both traditional measures of b-convergence and s-convergence within a study of cross-country income dynamics. To do this we exploit the close links that exist between studies of income convergence and studies analysing the progressivity of the tax system. Our framework offers a simple algebraic decomposition of s-convergence as the combined effect of b-convergence and leapfrogging among countries. We illustrate our approach using data for the period 1960-2000.

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Paper provided by Royal Economic Society in its series Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2004 with number 144.

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  1. Krasnopjorovs, Olegs, 2013. "Latvijas ekonomikas izaugsmi noteicošie faktori
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    ," MPRA Paper 47550, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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