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Convergence and Divergence of Regional Income Distributions and Welfare


  • Bishop, John A
  • Formby, John P
  • Thistle, Paul D


Regional income distributions are analyzed and tested for convergence and divergence in the 1970s. The methodology is the same as that recently used to show the almost complete convergence of the South and non-South. This paper disaggregates the non-South into major regions consisting of the West, Midwest, and Northeast. Tests for rank dominance reveal surprising results. Income distributions in the major regions of the non-South were equivalent in 1969, and the South was uniformly dominated. Fundamental changes in the 1970s resulted in the West rank dominating the Midwest, which dominated the South, which in turn dominated the Northeast. Copyright 1994 by MIT Press.

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  • Bishop, John A & Formby, John P & Thistle, Paul D, 1994. "Convergence and Divergence of Regional Income Distributions and Welfare," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 76(2), pages 228-235, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:76:y:1994:i:2:p:228-35

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    4. John A. Bishop & Jonathan M. Lee & Lester A. Zeager, 2017. "Incorporating spatial price adjustments in U.S. public policy analysis," Working Papers 438, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
    5. O'Neill, D. & Van Kerm P., 2003. "A New Approach for Analysing Income Convergence across Countries," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n1261003, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
    6. Wheeler, Christopher H., 2004. "On the distributional aspects of urban growth," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(2), pages 371-397, March.
    7. R. V. Dadibhavi, 2019. "Regional Disparities, Growth and Divergence in Income in Karnataka," Review of Development and Change, , vol. 24(1), pages 55-78, June.
    8. Bishop John A. & Lee Jonathan M. & Zeager Lester A., 2018. "U.S. Income Comparisons with Regional Price Parity Adjustments," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 18(4), pages 1-17, October.

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