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    Drifting together or falling apart? The empirics of regional economic growth in post-unification Germany


    Colavecchio, Roberta and Curran, Declan and Funke, Michael (2005) Drifting together or falling apart? The empirics of regional economic growth in post-unification Germany. CESIFO WORKING PAPER (1533). pp. 1-24.

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    Abstract

    The objective of this paper is to address the question of convergence across German districts in the first decade after German unification by drawing out and emphasising some stylised facts of regional per capita income dynamics. We achieve this by employing non-parametric techniques which focus on the evolution of the entire cross-sectional income distribution. In particular, we follow a distributional approach to convergence based on kernel density estimation and implement a number of tests to establish the statistical significance of our findings. This paper finds that the relative income distribution appears to be stratifying into a trimodal/bimodal distribution.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: regional economic growth; Germany; convergence clubs; density estimation; modality tests;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Finance and Accounting
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 2629
    Depositing User: CS Editor
    Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2011 15:33
    Journal or Publication Title: CESIFO WORKING PAPER
    Publisher: CESIFO
    Refereed: Yes
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