Heterogeneous Convergence

8 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2013

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Andrew T. Young

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

Matthew John Higgins

University of Utah - Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Daniel Levy

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; Emory University - Department of Economics; Rimini Center for Economic Analysis

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Date Written: April 10, 2013

Abstract

We use U.S. county-level data to estimate convergence rates for 22 individual states. We find significant heterogeneity. E.g., the California estimate is 19.9 percent and the New York estimate is 3.3 percent. Convergence rates are essentially uncorrelated with income levels.

Keywords: Economic Growth, Conditional Convergence, Heterogeneity, U.S. County Level Data

JEL Classification: O40, O11, O18, O51, R11, H50, H70

Suggested Citation

Young, Andrew T. and Higgins, Matthew John and Levy, Daniel, Heterogeneous Convergence (April 10, 2013). Economics Letters, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2247933

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