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Revisiting the Regional Growth Convergence Debate in Colombia Using Income Indicators

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This paper investigates growth convergence across Colombian departments during the period of 1975 to 2000, following both the regression and the distributional approaches suggested in the literature, and using two income measures computed by Centro de Estudios Ganaderos (CEGA).We also discuss issues related to data provided by Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadısticas (DANE) used by previous convergence studies. Our results show no evidence supporting convergence using per capita gross departmental product, but rather persistence in the distribution. Using per capita gross household disposable income, we find convergence, but only at a low speed, close to one percent per year. Furthermore, we find no evidence of the existence of different steady states for the two variables considered.

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Paper provided by Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research in its series Ibero America Institute for Econ. Research (IAI) Discussion Papers with number 194.

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Length: 68 pages
Date of creation: 29 Jul 2009
Date of revision: 21 Aug 2009
Handle: RePEc:got:iaidps:194

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Keywords: Colombia; regional growth convergence; growth regression; kernel density estimators;

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  1. Vicente Royuela & Gustavo Adolfo García, 2010. "Economic and social convergence in Colombia," IREA Working Papers 201014, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Sep 2010.
  2. Boris Branisa & Adriana Cardozo, 2009. "Regional Growth Convergence in Colombia Using Social Indicators," Ibero America Institute for Econ. Research (IAI) Discussion Papers 195, Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research.
  3. Moncada Mesa, Jhonny & Loaiza Quintero, Osmar Leandro, 2013. "Análisis de las disparidades regionales en Colombia: una aproximación desde la estadística espacial, 1985 – 2010
    [Analysis of regional disparities in Colombia: an approach from spatial statist
    ," MPRA Paper 51405, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Loaiza Quintero, Osmar Leandro & Moncada Mesa, Jhonny, 2013. "Un estudio sobre las disparidades regionales en Colombia a través del análisis exploratorio y confirmatorio de datos espaciales, 1985 – 2010
    [A study of regional gaps in Colombia through explor
    ," MPRA Paper 47735, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 20 Jun 2013.

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