Chowdhury, K., Convergence of Per Capita GDP Across SAARC Countries, Department of Economics, University of Wollongong, 2004.
In this paper we have examined the issue of convergence of per capita GDP across 7 South Asian countries during 1960-2000 using World Bank data. Empirical results failed to find evidence of s convergence, b convergence and conditional b (bc) convergence in South Asia. The reasons for non-convergence of per capita GDP can be explained by low and falling volume of intra-country trade, weak governance and low level of growth achieved by the individual countries. Further, non-convergence can be attributed to explanations provided by endogenous growth models.