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Title:Income mobility of individuals in China and the United States PDF Logo
Authors:Khor, Niny
Pencavel, John H.
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 2003
Abstract:Though much has been written about annual income inequality in China, little research has been conducted on longer run measures of income inequality and on income mobility. This paper compares income mobility of urban individuals in China and the United States in the 1990s. The following questions are taken up. To what extent are measures of annual income inequality misleading indicators of long-run income inequality? How much income mobility was there in China in the first half of the 1990s and how did this compare with mobility in other countries? Have real income increases been greater for the poor or the rich? How important is the variation in permanent incomes in China and how has this changed?
Subjects:income inequality
income mobility
China
United States
JEL:D31
D63
O15
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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