Convergenza: modelli teorici: letture introduttive



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Convergenza: modelli teorici

Modelli teorici: letture introduttive


Abramovitz, M. (1986). Catching up, forging ahead and falling behind. Journal of Economic History, 46, 385-406.

Barro, R. J. and Sala-i-Martin, X. (1992). Convergence. Journal of Political Economy, 100(2), 223-251.

Galor, O. D. (1996). Convergence? Inferences from theoretical models. Economic Journal, 106, 1056-1069.

Klenow, P. J. and Rodriguez-Clare, A. (1997). Economic growth: a review essay. Journal of Monetary Economics.

Mankiw, N. G., Romer, D. and Weil, D. N. (1992). A contribution to the empirics of economic growth. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 407-437.

Modelli teorici: approfondimenti


Abramovitz, M. (1989). Thinking about growth. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Azariadis, C. (1996). The economics of poverty traps: Part One: complete markets. Journal of Economic Growth, 1(4), December, 449-496.

Azariadis, C. and Drazen, A. (1990). Threshold externalities in economic development. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 105, 501-526.

Barro, R. J., Mankiw, N. G. and Sala-i-Martin, X. (1995). Capital mobility in neoclassical models of growth. American Economic Review, 85(1), 103-115.

Ben-David, Dan (1998). Convergence clubs and subsistence economies. Journal of Development Economics, 55, 153-169.

Ben-David, Dan and Loewy, Michael (1998). Free trade, growth and convergence. Journal of Economic Growth, 3, 143-170.

Benhabib, J. and Gali, J. (1995). On growth and indeterminacy: some theory and evidence. Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, 43, 163-211.

Bernard, A. B. and Jones, C. I. (1996). Technology and convergence. Economic Journal, 106, 1037-1044.

Binder, Michael and Pesaran, M. Hashem (1999). Stochastic growth models and their econometric implications. Journal of Economic Growth, 4(2), June, 139-183.

Bliss, C. J. (1995). Capital mobility, convergence clubs and long-run economic growth. Nuffield College working paper no. 100..

den Haan, W. J. (1995). Convergence in stochastic growth models: the importance of understanding why income levels differ. Journal of Monetary Economics, 35(1), 65-82.

Eicher, Theo S. and Turnovsky, Stephen J. (1999). Convergence in a two-sector nonscale growth model. Journal of Economic Growth, 4(4), December, 413-428.

Goodfriend, Marvin and McDermott, John (1998). Industrial development and the convergence question. American Economic Review, 88(5), 1277-1289.

Kelly, M. (1992). On endogenous growth with productivity shocks. Journal of Monetary Economics, 30(1), 47-56.

van de Klundert, Theo and Smulders, Sjak (1998). Capital mobility and catching up in a two country, two sector model of endogenous growth CentER discussion paper no. 9813, Tilburg University.

Kocherlakota, N. R. and Yi, K.-M. (1995). Can convergence regressions distinguish between exogenous and endogenous growth models? Economics Letters, 49, 211-215.

Leung, C. and Quah, D. (1996). Convergence, endogenous growth and productivity disturbances. Journal of Monetary Economics, 38(3), 535-547.

Ortigueira, S. and Santos, M. S. (1997). On the speed of convergence in endogenous growth models. American Economic Review, 87(3), 383-399.

Quah, D. T. (1996). Convergence empirics across economies with (some) capital mobility. Journal of Economic Growth, 1, 95-124.

Analisi cross -section

Analisi cross-section: letture introduttive


Barro, R. J. and Sala-i-Martin, X. (1992). Convergence. Journal of Political Economy, 100(2), 223-251.

Baumol, W. J. (1986). Productivity growth, convergence and welfare: what the long-run data show. American Economic Review, 1072-1085.

de la Fuente, Angel (1997). The empirics of growth and convergence: a selective review. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 21, 23-73.

De Long, J. B. (1988). Productivity growth, convergence and welfare: comment. American Economic Review, 1138-1154.

Dowrick, S. and Nguyen, D. (1989). OECD comparative economic growth 1950-85: catch-up and convergence. American Economic Review, 1010-1030.

Durlauf, S. N. (1996). On the convergence and divergence of growth rates: an introduction. Economic Journal, 106, 1016-1019.

Mankiw, N. G., Romer, D. and Weil, D. N. (1992). A contribution to the empirics of economic growth. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 407-437.

Sala-i-Martin, X. (1995). The classical approach to convergence analysis. Economic Journal, 106, 1019-1036.


Analisi cross-section: approfondimenti


This further reading mainly consists of important criticisms of the approach used in most of the papers above.

Andres, J., Domenech, R. and Molinas, C. (1996). Macroeconomic performance and convergence in OECD countries. European Economic Review, 40, 1683-1704.

Benhabib, J. and Gali, J. (1995). On growth and indeterminacy: some theory and evidence. Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, 43, 163-211.

Bernard, A. B. and Durlauf, S. N. (1996). Interpreting tests of the convergence hypothesis. Journal of Econometrics, 71, 161-173.

Brumm, Harold J. (1997). Military spending, government disarray, and economic growth: a cross-country empirical analysis. Journal of Macroeconomics, 19(4), Fall, 827-838.

Brumm, Harold J. (1999). Rent seeking and economic growth: evidence from the States. Cato Journal, 19(1), 7-16.

Cho, D. (1996). An alternative interpretation of conditional convergence results. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 28, 669-681.

Cook, David (1998). World War II and convergence. Mimeo.

Dowrick, S. and Gemmell, N. (1991). Industrialisation, catching up and economic growth: a comparative study across the world's capitalist economies. Economic Journal, 263-275.

Dowrick, S. and Quiggin, J. (1997). True measures of GDP and convergence. American Economic Review, 87, 41-64.

Durlauf, S. N. and Johnson, P. A. (1995). Multiple regimes and cross-country growth behaviour. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 10, 365-384.

Evans, P. and Karras, G. (1996). Convergence revisited. Journal of Monetary Economics, April, 37(2), 249-265.

Hart, P. E. (1995). Galtonian regression across countries and the convergence of productivity. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 57(3), 287-293.

Keefer, Philip and Knack, Stephen (1997). Why don't poor countries catch up? A cross-national test of an institutional explanation. Economic Inquiry, 35(3), July, 590-602.

Kocherlakota, N. R. and Yi, K.-M. (1995). Can convergence regressions distinguish between exogenous and endogenous growth models? Economics Letters, 49, 211-215.

Lee, K., Pesaran, M. H. and Smith, R. (1997). Growth and convergence in a multi-country empirical stochastic Solow model. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 12, 357-392.

Lee, K., Pesaran, M. H. and Smith, R. (1998). Growth empirics: a panel data approach - a comment. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 113(1), February, 319-323.

Leung, C. and Quah, Danny T. (1996). Convergence, endogenous growth and productivity disturbances. Journal of Monetary Economics, 38(3), December, 535-547.

Paci, Raffaele and Pigliaru, Francesco (1997). Structural change and convergence: an Italian regional perspective. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 8, 297-318.

Quah, Danny T. (1993). Galton's Fallacy and tests of the convergence hypothesis. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 95, 427-443.

Quah, Danny T. (1995). Empirics for economic growth and convergence. European Economic Review, 40, 1353-1375.

Quah, Danny T. (1996). Twin Peaks: growth and convergence in models of distribution dynamics. Economic Journal, 106, July, 1045-1055.

Sala-i-Martin, Xavier (1996). Regional cohesion: evidence and theories of regional growth and convergence. European Economic Review, 40, 1325-1352.

Temple, Jonathan R. W. (1998). Robustness tests of the augmented Solow model Journal of Applied Econometrics, 13(4), July-August, 361-375.

Ventura, J. (1997). Growth and interdependence. Quarterly Journal of Economics, February, 57-84.

Panel data

Panel data: letture introduttive


Caselli, F., Esquivel, G. and Lefort, F. (1996). Reopening the convergence debate: a new look at cross-country growth empirics, Journal of Economic Growth, September, 1(3), 363-90.

Islam, N. (1995). Growth empirics: a panel data approach. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 110, 1127-1170.


Panel data: approfondimenti


Bassanini, Andrea, Scarpetta, Stefano and Hemmings, Philip (2001). Economic growth: the role of policies and institutions. Panel data evidence from OECD countries. OECD Economics working paper no. 283.

Benhabib, Jess and Spiegel, Mark (1997). Cross-country growth regressions. C. V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, NYU, research report 97-20.

Duffy, John and Papageorgiou, Christopher (1999). A cross-country empirical investigation of the aggregate production function specification. Journal of Economic Growth, 5(1), March, 87-120.

Easterly, William, Norman Loayza and Montiel, Peter (1997). Has Latin America's post-reform growth been disappointing? Journal of International Economics, 43(3-4), November, 287-311.

Evans, Paul (1998). Using panel data to evaluate growth theories. International Economic Review, 39(2), May, 295-306.

Evans, Paul and Karras, Georgios (1996). Do economies converge? Evidence from a panel of US states. Review of Economics and Statistics, 78(3), August, 384-388.

Evans, Paul and Karras, Georgios (1996). Are government activities productive? Evidence from a panel of US states. Review of Economics and Statistics, 76(1), February, 1-11.

Knight, Malcolm, Norman Loayza and Delano Villaneuva (1993). Testing the neoclassical theory of economic growth: a panel data approach. IMF Staff Papers, 40(3), 512-541.

Lee, Kevin; Pesaran, M. Hashem, and Smith, Ron (1997). Growth and convergence in a multi-country empirical stochastic Solow model. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 12(4), July-August, 357-392.

Lee, Kevin; Pesaran, M. Hashem, and Smith, Ron (1998). Growth empirics: a panel data approach - a comment. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 113(1), February, 319-323.

Lee, Michael; Longmire, Ritchard; Matyas, Laszlo, and Harris, Mark (1998). Growth convergence: some panel data evidence. Applied Economics, 30(7), July, 907-912.

Altri Approcci

Altri approcci: letture introduttive


Bernard, A. B. and Jones, C. I. (1996). Technology and convergence. Economic Journal, 106, 1037-1044.

de la Fuente, Angel (2000). Convergence across countries and regions: theory and empirics. CEPR discussion paper no. 2465.

Jones, Charles I. (1997). Convergence revisited. Journal of Economic Growth, July, 2(2), 131-153.

Jones, Charles I. (1997). On the evolution of the world income distribution. Journal of Economic Perspectives, Summer, 11(3), 19-36.

Quah, D. T. (1993). Empirical cross-section dynamics in economic growth, European Economic Review, 37, 426-434.

Quah, D. T. (1996). Twin Peaks: growth and convergence in models of distribution dynamics. Economic Journal, 106, 1045-1055.


Other key references


Ben-David, D. (1997). Convergence clubs and diverging economies. Unpublished working paper.

Bernard, A. B. and Durlauf, S. N. (1995). Convergence in international output. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 10, 97-108.

Bernard, A. B. and Durlauf, S. N. (1996). Interpreting tests of the convergence hypothesis. Journal of Econometrics, 71, 161-173.

Caselli, F., Esquivel, G. and Lefort, F. (1996). Reopening the convergence debate: a new look at cross-country growth empirics, Journal of Economic Growth, September, 1(3), 363-90.

Desdoigts, Alain (1999). Patterns of economic development and the formation of clubs. Journal of Economic Growth, September, 4(3), 305-330.

Evans, P. and Karras, G. (1996). Convergence revisited. Journal of Monetary Economics, 37(2), April, 249-265.

Islam, N. (1995). Growth empirics: a panel data approach. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 110, 1127-1170.

Lee, Kevin, Pesaran, M. Hashem, and Smith, Ron (1997). Growth and convergence in a multi-country empirical stochastic Solow model. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 12(4), July-August, 357-392.

Paap, Richard and van Dijk, Herman K. (1998). Distribution and mobility of wealth of nations. European Economic Review, 42(7), July, 1269-1293.

Quah, D. T. (1996). Convergence empirics across economies with (some) capital mobility. Journal of Economic Growth, 1, 95-124.

Quah, D. T. (1996). Empirics for economic growth and convergence. European Economic Review, 40, 1353-1375.

Altri approcci: approfondimenti


Ben-David, D. and Bohara, Alok K. (1997). Evidence on the contribution of trade reform towards international income equalization. Review of International Economics, 5(2), May, 246-255.

Bianchi, M. (1997). Testing for convergence: evidence from nonparametric multimodality tests. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 12(4), July-August, 393-409.

Boyle, G. E. and McCarthy, T. G. (1997). A simple measure of beta convergence. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 59(2), 257-264.

Canova, F. and Marcet, A. (1995). The poor stay poor: nonconvergence across countries and regions. CEPR discussion paper no. 1265.

Carlino, G. A. and Mills, L. (1993). Are US regional incomes converging? A time series analysis. Journal of Monetary Economics, 35(1), 65-82.

Carree, Martin and Klomp, Luuk (1997). Testing the convergence hypothesis: a comment. Review of Economics and Statistics, 79(4), November, 683-686.

Evans, P. and Karras, G. (1996). Do economies converge? Evidence from a panel of US states. Review of Economics and Statistics, 78(3), August, 384-388.

Fingleton, B. (1997). Specification and testing of Markov chain models: an application to convergence in the European Union. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 59(3).

Galli, Rossana (1997). Is there long run industrial convergence in Europe? International Review of Applied Economics, 11(3), 333-368.

Greasley, David and Oxley, Les. (1997). Time-series based tests of the convergence hypothesis: some positive results. Economics Letters, 56(2), 143-147.

Greasley, David and Oxley, Les (1998). Comparing British and American economic and industrial performance 1860-1993: a time series perspective. Explorations in Economic History, 35, 171-195.

Greasley, David and Oxley, Les (1998). A tale of two dominions: comparing the macroeconomic records of Australia and Canada since 1870. Economic History Review, 51, 294-318.

Hall, S. and St. Aubyn, M. (1995). Using the Kalman filter to test for convergence: a comparison to other methods using artificial data. Documento de trabalho 11/95, Departamento de Economia, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, Lisbon. Email (mstaubyn@pascal.iseg.utl.pt)

Lee, Kevin, Pesaran, M. Hashem, and Smith, Ron (1998). Growth empirics: a panel data approach - a comment. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 113(1), February, 319-323.

Nerlove, M. (1996). Growth rate convergence, fact or artifact? Manuscript, University of Maryland.

Oxley, Les and Greasley, David (1995). A time-series perspective on convergence: Australia, UL and USA since 1870. Economic Record, 71, 259-270.

Quah, Danny T. (1996). Regional convergence clusters across Europe. European Economic Review, 40(3-5), April, 951-958.

Rassekh, Farhard (1998). The convergence hypothesis: history, theory, and evidence. Open Economies Review, 9, 85-105.

St. Aubyn, M. (1996). Convergence across industrialised countries (1890-1989): new results using time series methods. Documento de trabalho 2/96, Departamento de Economia, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, Lisbon. Email (mstaubyn@pascal.iseg.utl.pt )

Trasferimenti tecnologici e crescita

Trasferimenti tecnologici e crescita: letture introduttive


Abramovitz, Moses (1986). Catching up, forging ahead and falling behind. Journal of Economic History, 46(2), June, 386-406.

Bernard, Andrew B. and Jones, Charles I. (1996). Technology and convergence. Economic Journal, 106, July, 1037-1044.

Fagerberg, Jan (1994). Technology and international differences in growth rates. Journal of Economic Literature, 32, September, 1147-1175.

Goodfriend, Marvin and McDermott, John (1998). Industrial development and the convergence question. American Economic Review, 88(5), 1277-1289.

Hausmann, Ricardo and Rodrik, Dani (2002). Economic development as self-discovery. NBER working paper no. 8952.

Trasferimenti tecnologici e crescita: approfondimenti


Caselli, Francesco and Coleman, Wilbur John, II (2001). Cross-country technology diffusion: the case of computers. American Economic Review, May, 91(2), 328-35.

Cornwall, John (1976). Diffusion, convergence and Kaldor's Law. Economic Journal, 86, June, 307-314.

Eaton, Jonathan and Kortum, Samuel (1996). Trade in ideas: patenting and productivity in the OECD. Journal of International Economics, May, 40(3-4), 251-78.

Eaton, Jonathan and Kortum, Samuel (1996). Measuring technology diffusion and the international sources of growth. Eastern Economic Journal, Fall, 22(4), 401-10.

Eaton, Jonathan and Kortum, Samuel (1997). Engines of growth: domestic and foreign sources of innovation. Japan and the World Economy, 9(2), 235-259.

Eaton, Jonathan and Kortum, Samuel (1999). International technology diffusion: theory and measurement. International Economic Review, August, 40(3), 537-70.

Eaton, Jonathan and Kortum, Samuel (2001). Technology, trade, and growth: a unified framework. European Economic Review, May, 45(4-6), 742-55.

Eaton, Jonathan and Kortum, Samuel (2001). Trade in capital goods. European Economic Review, June, 45(7), 1195-1235.

Fagerberg, Jan (1987). A technology gap approach to why growth rates differ. Research Policy, 16, August, 87-99.

Gerschenkron, Alexander (1962). Economic backwardness in historical perspective. Belknap Press, Cambridge, MA.

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Commercio internazionale e crescita


Acemoglu, Daron and Jaume Ventura (2001). The world income distribution. NBER working paper no. 8083.

Baldwin, Richard, Philippe Martin and Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano (2001). Global income divergence, trade, and industrialization: the geography of growth take-offs. Journal of Economic Growth, March, 6(1), 5-37.

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Ben-David, Dan (1994). Income disparity among countries and the effects of freer trade. In Luigi L. Pasinetti and Robert M. Solow (eds.) Economic growth and the structure of long-run development. London: Macmillan, 45-64.

Ben-David, Dan (1996). Trade and convergence among countries. Journal of International Economics, 40 (3/4), May, 279-298.

Ben-David, Dan and Loewy, Michael B. (1998). Free trade, growth, and convergence. Journal of Economic Growth, 3(2), June, 143-170.

Deardoff, Alan V. (2001). Rich and poor countries in neoclassical trade and growth. Economic Journal, 111 (470), 277-294.

Dinopoulos, E. and Segerstrom, P. (1999). The dynamic effects of contingent tariffs. Journal of International Economics, February, 47(1), 191-222.

Dinopoulos, E. and Syropoulos, C. (1997). Tariffs and Schumpeterian growth. Journal of International Economics, May, 42(3-4), 425-452.

Eicher, Theo S. (1999). Trade, development and converging growth rates - dynamic gains from trade reconsidered. Journal of International Economics, June, 48(1), 179-198.

Murat, Marina and Pigliaru, Francesco (1998). International trade and uneven growth: a model with intersectoral spillovers of knowledge. Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, 7, 221-236.

O'Rourke, Kevin H., Taylor, Alan M. and Williamson, J. G. (1996). Factor price convergence in the late nineteenth century. International Economic Review, 37(3), August, 499-530.

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O'Rourke, Kevin H., and Williamson, J. G. (2000). The Heckscher-Ohlin model between 1400 and 2000: when it explained factor price convergence, when it did not, and why. NBER working paper no. 7411 and CEPR working paper no. 2372

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Ventura, J. (1997). Growth and interdependence. Quarterly Journal of Economics, February, 57-84.

Williamson, J. (1996). Globalization, convergence, and history. Journal of Economic History, 56, 277-306, June.

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