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Sigma-Convergence Versus Beta-Convergence: Evidence from U.S. County-Level Data

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  • Andrew Young

    (Emory University)

  • Matthew Higgins

    (Emory University)

  • Daniel Levy

    (Bar-Ilan University)

Abstract

In this paper we outline (i) why ó-convergence may not accompany â- convergence, (ii)cite evidence of â-convergence in the U.S., (iii) and use USA county-level data containing over 3,000 cross-sectional observations to demonstrate that ó-convergence does not hold across the U.S., or within the vast majority of the individual U.S. states.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Macroeconomics with number 0505008.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 12 May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0505008

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Keywords: Economic Growth; Convergence; ó-convergence; sigma convergence; â-convergence; beta convergence; US County Level Data;

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  1. Xavier Sala-i-Martin, 1994. "Regional cohesion: Evidence and theories of regional growth and convergence," Economics Working Papers 104, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
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