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Conditional divergence in the post-1989 globalisation period

When: Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus West
NCB 247, New Commerce Building
Start time:12:30

Professor Kevin Nell from the University of Johannesburg will deliver a talk based on a paper, Conditional Divergence in the Post-1989 Globalisation Period.

The paper shows that conditional convergence in per capita income, as a robust empirical regularity across countries, may have dissipated in the post-1989 globalisation era. There is evidence of conditional divergence over the period 1990-2016, with growth-reducing structural change emanating from greater trade openness and a slower rate of technology catch-up in developing countries identified as potential explanations. The results further show that conditional divergence can only be ceased subject to some initial, quality-adjusted level of educational attainment. One implication of conditional divergence is that the growth accelerations observed in many developing economies since the late-1990s may not be sustainable.


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