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Sigma-Convergence Versus Beta-Convergence: Evidence from U.S. County-Level Data

  • Andrew Young

    (Emory University)

  • Matthew Higgins

    (Emory University)

  • Daniel Levy

    (Bar-Ilan University)

In this paper we outline (i) why ó-convergence may not accompany â- convergence, (ii)cite evidence of â-convergence in the U.S., (iii) and use USA county-level data containing over 3,000 cross-sectional observations to demonstrate that ó-convergence does not hold across the U.S., or within the vast majority of the individual U.S. states.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 12 May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0505008
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  1. Andrew T. Young & Matthew J. Higgins & Daniel Levy, 2011. "Heterogeneous Convergence," Working Paper Series 18_11, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
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