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Title:A distribution dynamics approach to regional GDP convergence in unified Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Juessen, Falko
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4177
Abstract:This paper uses nonparametric techniques to study GDP convergence across German labor market regions and counties during the period 1992-2004. The main result is that regional convergence in unified Germany has been substantial. In the first years after German unification the distribution of GDP has been characterized by a pronounced bimodality. The dispersion of the GDP distribution has become substantially smaller over time. Although some bimodality remains in most recent years, this bimodality is weak in comparison to previous years. Nevertheless, disparities among regions located in the Eastern and Western part of the country are still apparent.
Subjects:Regional convergence
distribution dynamics
nonparametric econometrics
stochastic kernel
JEL:O47
R11
C14
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2009060884
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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