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A time series approach to  convergence

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Abstract:

This paper applies time series analysis to study how the gap between a number of countries and the USA evolves through time. As other authors, it is found that time series analysis provides a better insight into the concept of convergence than the cross sectional one. The econometric results show that the stochastic behaviour of the output disparity varies considerably: neither the steady-state equilibrium nor the speed of convergence are unique and constant across countries and time. In general, there is catching up for European countries, convergence for East and South Asian countries, and neither of them for Latin American countries.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0003684022000026584

Affiliations: Universidad de Murcia, Facultad de Economia, 30100 Campus de Espinardo, Murcia, Spain

Publication date: July 10, 2003

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