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Title:The sensitivity of distributional measures to the reference period of income PDF Logo
Authors:Schröder, Carsten
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Kiel Working Paper 1777
Abstract:When individual or household incomes are collected for administrative or scientific surveys, the reference period of income is sometimes a month, sometimes a quarter, and sometimes a year. This reference period of income likely affects the shape of the distribution and derived measures of inequality, poverty, and mobility. Using employment histories of German residents, the present study systematically explores the sensitivity of distributional measures to the length of the reference period of income. Estimates from annual, quarterly and monthly distributions are provided for one and a half decades, starting from year 1991.
Subjects:inequality
poverty
mobility
reference period of income
monthly, quarterly, and annual distributions
earnings
Germany
JEL:D1
D31
I32
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
Kieler Arbeitspapiere, IfW

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