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Sigma Convergence Versus Beta Convergence: Evidence from County-level Data

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  • Matthew Higgins
  • Daniel Levy
  • Andrew Young

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This note outlines: 1) Why sigma-convergence may not accompany beta-convergence; 2) Cites evidence of beta-convergence in the U.S.; 3) Demonstrates that sigma-convergence does not hold across the U.S. or within most U.S. states; and 4) Demonstrates the robustness of this finding to increases in mean income. The distributions of shocks appear important towards accounting for income disparity.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Emory University (Atlanta) in its series Emory Economics with number 0316.

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  1. Jiří Mazurek, 2012. "The Evaluation of an Economic Distance Among Countries: A Novel Approach," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2012(3), pages 277-290.

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