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On polarization and mobility: A look at polarization in the wage-career profile in Italy

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  • Ambra Poggi

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    (University of Milan Bicocca and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

  • Jacques Silber

    (Bar-Ilan University)

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This paper attempts to combine the analysis of wage (income) polarization with that of wage (income) mobility. Using the polarization index PG recently proposed by Deutsch et al. (2007) it shows that, when taking the identity of the individuals into account (working with panel data), a distinction can be made between a change over time in polarization that is the consequence of "structural mobility" (change over time in the overall, between and within groups inequality) and a change in polarization that is the sole consequence of "exchange mobility" (changes over time in the ranks of the individuals). This approach is then applied to the 1985-2003 Work Histories Italian Panel (WHIP), an employer-employee linked panel database developed by the Italian Social Security administrative sources. The empirical investigation attempts to improve our understanding of labor market segmentation in Italy, whether the groups are defined on the basis of the individual wages or derived from other criteria such as white versus blue collar workers.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 138.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2009-138

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Keywords: exchange mobility; Italy; labor market segmentation; polarization; structural mobility; wage inequality.;

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  1. Clementi, F. & Schettino, F., 2013. "Income polarization in Brazil, 2001-2011: A distributional analysis using PNAD data," 2013 Second Congress, June 6-7, 2013, Parma, Italy 149891, Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA).
  2. Jones, Andrew M. & Rice, Nigel & Robone, Silvana & Dias, Pedro Rosa, 2011. "Inequality and polarisation in health systems' responsiveness: A cross-country analysis," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(4), pages 616-625, July.

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