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Twin peaks : growth and convergence in models of distribution dynamics

Quah, Danny (1996) Twin peaks : growth and convergence in models of distribution dynamics. CEP discussion paper; CEPDP0280, 280. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Convergence concerns poor economies catching up with rich ones. At is- sue is what happens to the cross sectional distribution of economies, not whether a single economy tends towards its own steady state. It is the latter, however, that has preoccupied the traditional approach to con- vergence analysis. This paper describes an alternative body of research that overcomes this shortcoming in the traditional approach. The new findings on persistence and stratification; on the formation of conver- gence clubs; and on the distribution polarizing into twin peaks of rich and poor|suggest the relevance of a class of theoretical ideas, dierent from those surrounding the production-function accounting traditionally favored.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 1996 the authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Economics
Series: Working Papers > CEP Discussion Papers
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2012 10:19

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