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On the Robustness of the Twin-Peaked Ergodic Distribution of Income Across Countries

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  • Gisele Hites

    (Universite Libre de Bruxelles)

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    In the literature on convergence, the simple Markov chain model indicates evolution towards a twin-peaked world. Although cleansing the ergodic distribution of income across countries of short-run noise reinforces its twin-peaked shape, these twin peaks are not statistically significant. Moreover, the specific type high immobility reflected by the data on income renders the estimated transition matrix particularly prone to the generation of twin-peaked ergodic distributions.

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    Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers with number 1369.

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    1. Quah, Danny T., 1996. "Empirics for economic growth and convergence," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 40(6), pages 1353-1375, June.
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