Do Kazakh Regions Converge?
Even though Kazakhstan is one of the most successful transition countries in Central Asia it has been neglected in the literature on regional convergence. This paper fills this gap with an empirical analysis of the growth process on the regional level using annual gross regional product (GRP) data for the period 1998–2008 for the 16 Kazakh regions. In particular, we look at the sigma- and absolute beta-convergence. Given the growing variation in GRP over time, sigma-convergence cannot be found for Kazakhstan. The data show that there is also no evidence for absolute sigma-convergence. In contrast, the Kazakh regions even seem to diverge.
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