An Integrated Framework For Analysing Income Convergence
We develop an integrated framework for studying income convergence that incorporates traditional measures of &bgr;-convergence and &sgr;-convergence. These concepts are formally linked by a measure of re-ranking (or leapfrogging). Our proposed measure of &bgr;-convergence allows for nonlinearities in the growth process and explicitly identifies the contribution of faster growth among low-income regions to reductions in overall inequality. To develop our framework we exploit the close links that exist between studies of income convergence and studies that examine the progressivity of the tax system. We illustrate our approach by examining both cross-country and regional income dynamics. Copyright © 2008 The Authors; Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and The University of Manchester.
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Volume (Year): 76 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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