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Time-series tests of income convergence with two structural breaks: evidence from 29 countries

  • John Dawson
  • Mark Strazicich

This article uses data on real per capita incomes from 1900 to 2001 to test for stochastic convergence in a diverse group of 29 countries. We utilize LM unit root tests to endogenously determine the number and location of structural breaks for each country. These tests avoid spurious rejections that can occur in Dickey-Fuller-type endogenous break tests used in many previous studies. We find significant evidence that incomes are stochastically converging in 23 of the countries, with World War II most often identified as the time period of structural breaks.

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

Volume (Year): 17 (2010)
Issue (Month): 9 ()
Pages: 909-912

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:17:y:2010:i:9:p:909-912
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