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Convergence and Inequality : the case of Western Balkan countries




This paper analyses the convergence process of inequality in income among five Balkan countries in the 1989-2005 period. This study is carried out in comparison with the situation in the European Union of 27 countries. The originality of our approach is to consider the convergence of country contributions to the international income inequality. The model allows simultaneously to test the convergence process of income and inequality. The results indicate a real convergence process between Balkan countries, while persistence is detected between European Union countries. However, the development gap between Balkans and European Union remains important.

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  • Jalal El Ouardighi & Rabija Somun- Kapetanovic, 2007. "Convergence and Inequality : the case of Western Balkan countries," Working Papers of BETA 2007-29, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.
  • Handle: RePEc:ulp:sbbeta:2007-29

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    Convergence ; Inequality ; Panel Data ; Balkan countries; European Union.;

    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
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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