Hohenheim Discussion Papers in Business, Economics and Social Sciences 11-2017
We test the history-augmented Solow model with respect to its predictions on the patterns of divergence and convergence between the nowadays industrialized countries of the OECD. We show that the dispersion of incomes increased after the Industrial Revolution, peaked during the Second World War, and decreased afterwards. This pattern is fully consistent with the transitional dynamics implied by the history-augmented Solow model.
history-augmented Solow model divergence convergence cross-country inequality