Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223898
Authors: 
Manduca, Robert
Hell, Maximilian
Adermon, Adrian
Blanden, Jo
Bratberg, Espen
Gielen, Anne C.
van Kippersluis, Hans
Lee, Keun Bok
Machin, Stephen
Munk, Martin D.
Nybom, Martin
Ostrovsky, Yuri
Rahman, Sumaiya
Sirniö, Outi
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13456
Abstract: 
We compute rates of absolute upward income mobility for the 1960-1987 birth cohorts in eight countries in North America and Europe. Rates and trends in absolute mobility varied dramatically across countries during this period: the US and Canada saw upward mobility rates near 50% for recent cohorts, while countries like Norway and Finland saw sustained rates above 70%. Decomposition analysis suggests that differences in the marginal income distributions, especially the amount of cross-cohort income inequality, were the primary driver of differing mobility rates across countries. We also demonstrate that absolute mobility rates can be accurately estimated without linked parent-child data.
Subjects: 
absolute intergenerational mobility
income
international comparison
JEL: 
J62
D31
P52
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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