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Does size matter? Implications of household size for economic growth and convergence

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  • Kufenko, Vadim
  • Geloso, Vincent
  • Prettner, Klaus

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We assess the effects of changes in household size on the long-run evolution of living standards and on cross-country convergence. When the observed changes in average household size across countries are taken into consideration, growth in living standards is slower throughout the 20th century as compared to a measure based on per capita GDP. Furthermore, the speed of divergence between different countries before 1950 is faster and the speed of convergence after 1950 is slower after adjusting for the evolution in household size.

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  • Kufenko, Vadim & Geloso, Vincent & Prettner, Klaus, 2018. "Does size matter? Implications of household size for economic growth and convergence," Hohenheim Discussion Papers in Business, Economics and Social Sciences 05-2018, University of Hohenheim, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences.
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    1. Vincent Geloso & Vadim Kufenko & Klaus Prettner, 2016. "Demographic change and regional convergence in Canada," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 36(4), pages 1904-1910.
    2. Timothy Smeeding & Gunther Schmaus & Brigitte Buhmann & Lee Rainwater, 1988. "Equivalence Scales, Well-Being, Inequality and Poverty: Sensitivity Estimates Across Ten Countries Using the LIS Database," LIS Working papers 17, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
    3. Kufenko, Vadim & Prettner, Klaus & Geloso, Vincent, 2017. "Divergence, convergence, and the history-augmented Solow model," Hohenheim Discussion Papers in Business, Economics and Social Sciences 11-2017, University of Hohenheim, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences.
    4. Buhmann, Brigitte, et al, 1988. "Equivalence Scales, Well-Being, Inequality, and Poverty: Sensitivity Estimates across Ten Countries Using the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Database," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 34(2), pages 115-142, June.
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    Keywords

    divergence; convergence; long-run growth; changing household size; demography;

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    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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