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Keywords:

  • C21;
  • O47

Abstract

This article derives generalized method of moment-based Wald tests for conditional convergence in terms of the second and third central moments (conditional σ- and ζ-convergence). Monte Carlo simulations indicate that the proposed tests are properly sized and equipped with enough power for sample sizes in excess of 1,000 observations. We apply the Wald tests to a comprehensive sample of Austrian firms. The estimation results indicate a substantial reduction in both the second and third central moments of log firm size over time for the younger age cohorts. For older ones, the log-normal distribution is a valid description of their size distribution.