Analysis of Convergence of Economic Growth of Voivodships in the years 1995-2000
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Publication date: 2004-03-25
GNPJE 2004;190(3):27-44
Neoclassical economic growth models (the Solow-Ramsey model) confirm the presence of β type conditional convergence effect. The β type convergence is the case when a less developed economy (with a lower level of GDP per capita) develops faster than a more advanced economy (with a higher level of GDP per capita). Such a convergence can also be analysed in categories of a diminishing variation in incomes between the economies over a certain period, measured by e.g. GDP standard deviation. Then a ∑ type convergence is the case. This article presents the results of analyses conducted to find out whether voivodships in Poland showed convergence (in absolute terms) in the years 1995-2000. The Author’s empirical analysis for Poland did not confirm any presence of either β type or ∑ type convergence. This means that in the second half of the 1990s more advanced Vvoivodships were developing faster than the less developed ones, and the regional variation of incomes in Poland was increasing over that period.
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