Intragenerational Inequality and Intertemporal Mobility

Richard V. Burkhauser, Brian Nolan and Kenneth A. Couch

in The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606061
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

 Intragenerational Inequality and Intertemporal Mobility

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This article discusses literature which uses panel data to measure the income patterns of individuals over their lifetimes, that is, intragenerational mobility. It begins with a detailed explanation of the most common methods used to calculate intragenerational mobility and the empirical problems of implementing these measures across countries. It goes on to describe the relationship between the data used in studies of mobility and the conceptual content of the research. It then reviews the major findings of empirical studies of intragenerational income mobility, pointing out for example that most studies find no clear relationship between greater cross-sectional inequality and greater intragenerational mobility, as is often casually assumed. The field is judged to be relatively underdeveloped in comparison to the cross-sectional inequality literature, due partly to the scarcity of the type of data required to study such mobility.

Keywords: income patterns; income mobility; inequality; intragenerational mobility

Article.  8941 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Labour and Demographic Economics ; Public Economics

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