Journal of Economic Growth

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 351–361

Tests of the “convergence hypothesis”: Some further results

  • Daniel Cohen

DOI: 10.1007/BF00141043

Cite this article as:
Cohen, D. J Econ Growth (1996) 1: 351. doi:10.1007/BF00141043


The article presents new tests of the convergence hypothesis. It first analyzes the unconditional pattern of growth of human and physical capital (conventionally measured by an inventory method) and shows that these tests do support the hypothesis that domestic inputs of poor countries appear to be catching up with those of rich countries. On the other hand, when one analyzes the pattern of growth of physical capital and Solow residual, then one is led to reject the convergence theory. Building on this discrepancy, I demonstrate that the poor countries have failed to catch up with rich ones because the progress that they have achieved in educating their workers (which is evidenced in the convergence of domestic inputs) is not sufficient to compensate for their poor endowment in the knowledge on which the education of workers stands.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Cohen
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  1. 1.Ecole Normale Supérieure, CEPREMAP, and CEPRUSA