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Convergence in income inequality in the United States: a nonparametric analysis

  • Roberto Ezcurra
  • Pedro Pascual

This note investigates the spatial distribution of income inequality in the US over the period 1969 to 1999. Taking into account the methodological limitations of traditional convergence analysis, a non parametric approach is applied to examine the dynamics of the entire cross-sectional distribution. The study reveals the presence of a process of convergence in income inequality across the US states throughout the sample period, as a result of the evolution experienced by those sates located at both ends of the distribution in 1969. Nevertheless, the estimates performed suggest that this process will not continue indefinitely.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 16 (2009)
Issue (Month): 13 ()
Pages: 1365-1368

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:16:y:2009:i:13:p:1365-1368
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