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Income Dynamics and Social Mobility

John Hills

in Inequality and the State

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199276646
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601644 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276641.003.0005
 Income Dynamics and Social Mobility

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Presents evidence on income dynamics, using data from longitudinal surveys that track what has happened to the same people over time. Discusses what such information can tell us, and why it might be useful in formulating policy. Looks at the extent of income mobility in the UK during the 1990s and presents evidence on movements in and out of poverty. It looks across the distribution at the overall patterns that these data reveal for the trajectories that people’s incomes follow over time. Presents evidence on whether income mobility has been changing over time, and at how income and earnings mobility in the UK compare with other countries. The final section looks at longer-term links between generations.

Keywords: earnings mobility; income dynamics; income mobility; income trajectories; longitudinal data; public policy; social mobility

Chapter.  12061 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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