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Income convergence: fresh evidence from the Nordic countries

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  • Liew, Venus Khim-Sen
  • Ahmad, Yusuf

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Using the recently developed linearity test and non-linear unit root test, this study shows that the income gaps of Finland, Norway and Sweden with respect to Denmark are non-linear but stationary with no significant trend effect, implying the Nordic countries have already attained steady state of income equality, a state beyond catching up as identified earlier in Oxley and Greasley (1999). This fresh evidence strengthens the finding of Nordic Convergence Club by these authors.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 3637.

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Date of creation: 2006
Date of revision: Mar 2007
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:3637

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Keywords: Income Convergence; Nordic Countries; Nonlinear; Linearity; Catching Up; Long-run convergence;

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