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Twin peaks : growth and convergence in models of distribution dynamics

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  • Danny Quah
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    Convergence concerns poor economies catching up with rich ones. At is- sue is what happens to the cross sectional distribution of economies, not whether a single economy tends towards its own steady state. It is the latter, however, that has preoccupied the traditional approach to con- vergence analysis. This paper describes an alternative body of research that overcomes this shortcoming in the traditional approach. The new findings on persistence and stratification; on the formation of conver- gence clubs; and on the distribution polarizing into twin peaks of rich and poor|suggest the relevance of a class of theoretical ideas, dierent from those surrounding the production-function accounting traditionally favored.

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    Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 2278.

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    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 1996
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    Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:2278

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    Keywords: catch up; convergence club; divergence; intra-distribution dynamics; polarization; stratication;

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