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The Intergenerational Earnings and Income Mobility of Canadian

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  • Miles Corak

    (Statistics Canada)

  • Andrew Heisz

    (Statistics Canada)

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Our objective is to obtain an accurate estimate of the degree of intergenerational income mobility in Canada. We use income tax information on about 400,000 father-son pairs, and find intergenerational earnings elasticities to be about 0.2. Earnings mobility tends to be slightly greater than income mobility, but non- parametric techniques uncover significant non-linearities in both of these relationships. Intergenerational earnings mobilty is greater at the lower end of the income distribution than at the upper end, and displays an inverted V-shape elsewhere. Intergenerational income mobility follows roughly the same pattern, but is much lower at the top of the income distribution.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Labor and Demography with number 9808001.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: 10 Aug 1998
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:9808001

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Keywords: Intergenerational Income Mobility; Income Distribution; Nonparametric regression;

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