A nonparametric analysis of income convergence across the US states
In this paper I apply the nonparametric methods proposed by Quah to data on US state relative income levels. In contrast to Quah’s results using cross-country data I find no evidence of polarization in the cross-state income distribution. The long-run density implied by the estimates is strongly unimodal. This finding is consistent with the results of previous analyses of convergence in state income levels using other methods.
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