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Title:Economic convergence and rent-seeking in Iran PDF Logo
Authors:Dreger, Christian
Rahmani, Teymur
Eckey, Hans-Friedrich
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers // German Institute for Economic Research 741
Abstract:The neoclassical growth model predicts convergence of productivity or per capita output levels across regions. If participation in the labor force is constant, convergence of per capita income is implied. We investigate this hypothesis for the Iranian economy using data on demand deposits as a proxy for GDP. Furthermore, the analysis controls for the effects of rent seeking. Due to its impact on the allocation of resources, rent-seeking is likely an impediment to overall growth. The results support absolute ß-convergence across Iran's provinces and provide some evidence on the adverse effect of rent seeking on regional convergence.
Subjects:Regional convergence
rent-seeking
economic growth
JEL:O43
O47
R11
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des DIW
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