On the Determinants of Distribution Dynamics

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n this paper we propose a novel approach to identify the impactof growth determinants on the distribution dynamics of productivity. Our approach integrates counterfactual analysis with the estimation of stochastic kernels. The counterfactuals are constructed froma semi-parametric growth regression, in which the cross-section heterogeneity in the growth determinants is removed. The methodology also allows us to test for potential distributional effects in the residuals. We illustrate the usefulness of the proposed methodology by an application to a cross-section of countries, which highlights the significant impact on inequality and polarization in the world productivity distribution of growth determinants from an augmented Solow model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscussion Papers
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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