A new look at global growth convergence and divergence

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Abstract

A key question in economics is whether poor countries will automatically close the income gap with rich countries. However, different empirical methods yield different answers – growth regressions suggest convergence, whereas tests of distribution dynamics suggest divergence. This column discusses recent research that reconciles these two strands of the literature. It extends the benchmark growth regression model to include a parameter that determines the share of new technologies a country can adopt each year. The result is that, although each country converges to a growth path, the growth paths themselves may diverge
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteGlobal Divergence in Growth Regressions
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Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

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Battisti, M. (2014). A new look at global growth convergence and divergence. In Global Divergence in Growth Regressions (Discussion papers).