This work brings together two distinct pieces of evidence concerning, at macro level, international distributions of incomes and their dynamics, and, at micro level, the size distributions of firms and the properties of their growth rates. Moreover, we take into the picture an intermediate level of observation, namely the statistical properties of sectoral growth. First, our empirical analysis provides a fresh look at the international distributions of incomes and growth rates by investigating more closely the relationship between the two entities and the statistical properties of the growth process. Second, we try to identify those statistical properties which are invariant with respect to the scale of observation (country or firm) as distinct from those that are instead scale specific. This exercise puts forward a few major interpretative challenges regarding the correlating processes underlying the statistical evidence.
international distribution of income international growth rates scaling laws growth volatility exponential tails