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Distribution Dynamics in the US. A Spatial Perspective

Margherita Gerolimetto () and Stefano Magrini ()

No 2016:02, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari"

Abstract: It is quite common in cross-sectional convergence analyses that data exhibit strong spatial dependence. While the literature adopting the regression approach is now fully aware that neglecting this feature may lead to inaccurate results and has therefore suggested a number of statistical tools for addressing the issue, research is only at a very initial stage within the distribution dynamics approach. In particular, in the continuous state-space framework, a few authors opted for spatial pre-filtering the data in order to guarantee the statistical properties of the estimates. In this paper, we follow an alternative route that starts from the idea that spatial dependence is not just noise but can be a substantive element of the data generating process. In particular, we develop a tool that, building on a mean-bias adjustment procedure established in the literature, explicitly allows for spatial dependence in distribution dynamics analysis thus eliminating the need for pre-filtering. Using this tool, we then reconsider the evidence on convergence across US states.

Keywords: Distribution Dynamics; Nonparametric Smoothing; Spatial Dependence. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 C21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 pages
Date: 2016
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