IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Convergence as Distribution Dynamics (with or without Growth)


  • Danny Quah


Convergence concerns the poor catching up with the rich- if not instantaneously, then at least having a tendency to do so. When poor and rich refer here refer to entire economies then whether convergence occurs is traditionally viewed as just a side consequence of a more central question, namely that concerning the nature of economic growth. This paper argues instead that convergence itself is of direct interest. When convergence is made cental and thus investigated, new theoretical issues and empirical insights emerge: this paper provides a brief overview of what those lessons are, and conjectures what next might be learnt.

Suggested Citation

  • Danny Quah, 1996. "Convergence as Distribution Dynamics (with or without Growth)," CEP Discussion Papers dp0317, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp0317

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Quah, Danny, 1994. "One business cycle and one trend from (many,) many disaggregates," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 38(3-4), pages 605-614, April.
    2. Quah, Danny T., 1996. "Empirics for economic growth and convergence," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 40(6), pages 1353-1375, June.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Juan Carlos Odar Zagaceta, 2002. "Convergencia y polarizaciĆ³n. El caso Peruano: 1961 - 1996," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 29(1 Year 20), pages 47-70, June.
    2. Patrick McAllister, 2001. "Convergence in European Real Estate Markets: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Evidence," ERES eres2001_225, European Real Estate Society (ERES).
    3. Maria Carmen Cuerva, 2011. "Dynamics of European agricultural productivity: An analysis of regional convergence," Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies - Revue d'Etudes en Agriculture et Environnement, INRA Department of Economics, vol. 92(3), pages 237-258.
    4. Enrique Lopez Bazo & Esther Vaya Valcarce & Antonio Jose Mora & Jordi Surinach Caralt, 1997. "Regional economic dynamics and convergence in the european union," Working Papers in Economics 12, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp0317. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.