Only income diverges: A neoclassical anomaly

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The neoclassical growth model (NGM) is only consistent with the absolute divergence in output levels we observe if some determinants of steady state income are also diverging. In this paper we show that accumulation rates of physical and human capital are actually significantly converging, as are openness to trade and several variables measuring institutional quality. Output divergence in the face of input, policy and institutional convergence is a deep anomaly for the NGM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-45
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Development Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • Convergence
  • Economic growth


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