Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/18997
Authors: 
Colavecchio, Roberta
Curran, Declan
Funke, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 1533
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.
Subjects: 
regional economic growth
Germany
convergence clubs
density estimation
modality tests
JEL: 
C14
R12
R11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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