The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Economic Growth Non-linearities

  • Chih Ming Tan
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Nonlinearities in growth have important implications for cross-country income inequality. In particular, they imply that countries may spend long periods of time in a low-growth poverty trap. However, finding evidence of such nonlinearities in the data and accounting for their emergence pose unique challenges to researchers.


Balanced growth Conditional convergence Convergence Convergence clubs Demographic transition Diffusion of technology Economic development Economic growth nonlinearities Increasing returns Industrialization Market size Multiple-growth regimes Neoclassical growth theory Neoclassical production function Nonconvexity Poverty traps Spillover effects Stages of theory of growth Strategic complementarities Structural change Take-off Technological progress 

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