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On the Mechanics of Economic Convergence

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In macroeconomic dynamic models the speed at which output converges to its steady state is of outstanding interest. Theoretical investigations usually focus on the asymptotic speed of convergence only. This procedure is, however, unnecessarily restrictive and hides important information. The paper at hand provides a straightforward and simple analytical decomposition of the instantaneous rate of convergence into its economic determinants. In addition, the resulting convergence-accounting formula is applied to analyse the transition process of a general R&D-based endogenous growth model. As a result, the driving forces behind the convergence process are identified.

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  • Thomas M. Steger, 2003. "On the Mechanics of Economic Convergence," CER-ETH Economics working paper series 03/25, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich.
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    3. Simone Valente, 2006. "Trade, Envy and Growth: International Status Seeking in a Two-Country World," CER-ETH Economics working paper series 06/53, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich.
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    Keywords

    Convergence accounting; rate of convergence; decomposition; convergence mechanisms; R&D-based growth;

    JEL classification:

    • O0 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - General
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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