Journal of Economic Growth

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 131–153 | Cite as

Convergence Revisited

  • Charles I. Jones
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Abstract

The recent literature on convergence has departed fromthe earlier literature by focusing on the shape of the productionfunction and the rate at which an economy converges to its ownsteady state. This article uses advances from the recent literatureto look back at the question that originally motivated the convergenceliterature: what will the distribution of per capita income looklike in the future? Several results are highlighted by the analysis,including the suggestion that there is little reason to expectthe United States to maintain its position as world leader interms of output per worker.

economic growth convergence world income distribution 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles I. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityUSA

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