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Measuring Social Mobility As Unpredictability

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  • Parker, Simon C
  • Rougier, Jonathan

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By associating mobility with the unpredictability of social states, new measures of social mobility may be constructed. We propose a family of three state-by-state and aggregate (scalar) predictability measures. The first set of measures is based on the transition matrix. The second uses a sampling approach and permits statistical testing of the hypothesis of perfect mobility, providing a new justification for the use of the chi-squared statistic. The third satisfies the demanding criterion of "period consistency." An empirical example demonstrates the usefulness of the new measures to complement existing ones in the literature. Copyright 2001 by The London School of Economics and Political Science

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Article provided by London School of Economics and Political Science in its journal Economica.

Volume (Year): 68 (2001)
Issue (Month): 269 (February)
Pages: 63-76

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Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:68:y:2001:i:269:p:63-76

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  1. Heshmati, Almas, 2004. "Continental and Sub-Continental Income Inequality," IZA Discussion Papers 1271, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Danny Ben-Shahar & Eyal Sulganik, 2011. "Vacancy chains and the degree of mobility in the housing market," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 47(3), pages 569-583, December.
  3. Adolfo Maza & María Hierro & José Villaverde, 2010. "Measuring intra-distribution income dynamics: an application to the European regions," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 45(2), pages 313-329, October.
  4. Kai-yuen Tsui, 2009. "Measurement of income mobility: a re-examination," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 33(4), pages 629-645, November.
  5. C. Ferretti & P. Ganugi, 2013. "A new mobility index for transition matrices," Statistical Methods and Applications, Springer, vol. 22(3), pages 403-425, August.
  6. Creedy, John & Halvorsen, Elin & Thoresen, Thor, 2012. "Inequality Comparisons in a Multi-Period Framework: The Role of Alternative Welfare Metrics," Working Paper Series 2434, Victoria University of Wellington, Chair in Public Finance.
  7. Parker, Simon C. & Gardner, Sam, 2002. "International income mobility," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 76(2), pages 179-187, July.

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