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How Fast Do Economies Converge?


  • Paul Evans


The conventional approach to estimating how fast economies converge examines the cross-economy relationship between the growth rate of per-capita output over some time period and its initial level. This approach produces consistent estimates only under highly restrictive assumptions, which are violated by the data. The paper develops an alternative approach that produces consistent estimates under weak assumptions. This approach yields estimates substantially larger than those reported in the literature and also sufficiently large to be broadly consistent with the predictions of neoclassical growth theory. © 1997 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • Paul Evans, 1997. "How Fast Do Economies Converge?," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 79(2), pages 219-225, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:79:y:1997:i:2:p:219-225

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    1. Beach, Charles M & MacKinnon, James G, 1978. "A Maximum Likelihood Procedure for Regression with Autocorrelated Errors," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 46(1), pages 51-58, January.
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