Conditional Convergence

Heterogeneous Convergence

JEL codes: 
H50, H70, O11, O18, O40, O51, R11
Version Date: 
Apr 2013

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.

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