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Earnings Mobility: An International Comparison of Italy and France


  • Bigard, A
  • Guillotin, Y
  • Lucifora, C


In this study, the authors consider two panels of wage-earners, from 1974 to 1988, for Italy and France respectively. The international perspective and the availability of micro-data are particularly interesting for they allow the authors to address individual characteristics as well as national specificities. In the empirical analysis, a partitioning of the earnings distribution by deciles is used and the overall hierarchical mobility of individuals is investigated. Transition matrices are computed in order to compare wage formation and mobility processes across countries, in the period under investigation. A rich battery of mobility indices is presented and the relations between them are studied. The paper addresses several different issues and compares the results across countries. First, the evolution of earnings and the relative wage profiles are compared across countries. Second, the heterogeneity issue is addressed and some structural characteristics of the sample are studied, namely: cohort and gender differences in earnings. Copyright 1998 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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  • Bigard, A & Guillotin, Y & Lucifora, C, 1998. "Earnings Mobility: An International Comparison of Italy and France," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 44(4), pages 535-554, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:44:y:1998:i:4:p:535-54

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