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A new approach for analysing income convergence across countries

  • O'Neill, Donal

    (Economics Dept., NUI Maynooth, Ireland)

  • Van Kerm, Philippe

    (CEPS/INSTEAD, G.-D. Luxembourg)

In this paper we develop a coherent framework that integrates both traditional measures of b-convergence and s-convergence within a study of cross-country income dynamics. To do this we exploit the close links that exist between studies of income convergence and studies analysing the progressivity of the tax system. Our framework offers a simple algebraic decomposition of s-convergence as the combined effect of b-convergence and leapfrogging among countries. We illustrate our approach using data for the period 1960-2000.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2004
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Publication status: Published in The Manchester School, 76 (1), January 2008, 1–20
Handle: RePEc:irs:iriswp:2004-03
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