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

  • ANDREW T. YOUNG
  • MATTHEW J. HIGGINS
  • DANIEL LEVY

In this paper, we outline (i) why σ-convergence may not accompany β-convergence, (ii) discuss evidence of β-convergence in the United States, and (iii) use U.S. county-level data containing over 3,000 cross-sectional observations to demonstrate that σ-convergence cannot be detected at the county level across the United States, or within the large majority of the individual U.S. states considered separately. Indeed, in many cases statistically significant σ-"divergence" is found. Copyright (c) 2008 The Ohio State University.

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Volume (Year): 40 (2008)
Issue (Month): 5 (08)
Pages: 1083-1093

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