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Twin peaks : growth and convergence in models of distribution dynamics

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Convergence concerns poor economies catching up with rich ones. At is- sue is what happens to the cross sectional distribution of economies, not whether a single economy tends towards its own steady state. It is the latter, however, that has preoccupied the traditional approach to con- vergence analysis. This paper describes an alternative body of research that overcomes this shortcoming in the traditional approach. The new findings on persistence and stratification; on the formation of conver- gence clubs; and on the distribution polarizing into twin peaks of rich and poor|suggest the relevance of a class of theoretical ideas, dierent from those surrounding the production-function accounting traditionally favored.

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  • Quah, Danny, 1996. "Twin peaks : growth and convergence in models of distribution dynamics," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 2278, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    Keywords

    catch up; convergence club; divergence; intra-distribution dynamics; polarization; stratication;
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    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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