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Differences in GDP per head in GB counties: some suggested explanations

  • Peter Gripaios
  • Paul Bishop
  • Sarah Keast
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    This paper examines the evidence concerning the convergence of gross domestic product (GDP) per head across GB counties during 1977-1995. In general, the evidence rejects the hypothesis of convergence although there is some evidence of a north-south divide with γ convergence in the north in the 1990s. Cross-section results suggest that variation in GDP per head may be related to different economic activity rates and some aspects of industrial structure.

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

    Volume (Year): 32 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 9 ()
    Pages: 1161-1167

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:32:y:2000:i:9:p:1161-1167
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