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Gender Differences in German Upward Income Mobility

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  • Ira N. Gang

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    (Rutgers University)

  • Myeong-Su Yun

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    (Tulane University)

  • John Landon-Lane

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    (Rutgers University)

Abstract

We examine the upward labor income mobility of men and women in Germany using the GSOEP Cross National Equivalent File. Women have greater overall income mobility. However, utilizing a measure of upward income mobility and calculating the posterior probability that men's upward income mobility is greater than women's, we find that men have overall greater upward income mobility. Women have greater upward mobility in the lower intial income classes, in the upper initial income brackets men's mobility is higher than women's.

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Paper provided by Rutgers University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 200221.

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Date of creation: 29 Aug 2002
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Handle: RePEc:rut:rutres:200221

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Keywords: gender discrimination; income distribution dynamics; Markov chain; upward income mobility;

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  1. Shorrocks, A F, 1976. "Income Mobility and the Markov Assumption," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 86(343), pages 566-78, September.
  2. Geweke, John & Marshall, Robert C & Zarkin, Gary A, 1986. "Mobility Indices in Continuous Time Markov Chains," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 54(6), pages 1407-23, November.
  3. Gang, Ira N. & Landon-Lane, John & Yun, Myeong-Su, 2003. "Does the Glass Ceiling Exist? A Cross-National Perspective on Gender Income Mobility," IZA Discussion Papers 713, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  1. Atanu Sengupta & Abhijit Ghosh, 2013. "Dynamics in human development: partial mobility and “jump”," Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Review, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), vol. 20(1), pages 33-62, June.

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