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Mobility as movement: A measuring proposal based on transition matrices

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  • Jorge Alcalde-Unzu

    () (University of the Basque Country)

  • Roberto Ezcurra

    () (Universidad Pública de Navarra)

  • Pedro Pascual

    () (Universidad Pública de Navarra)

Abstract

In this note we introduce a family of functions that various theoretical results have revealed as useful mobility measures. These functions have enabled us to circumvent an impossibility result obtained by Shorrocks (1978), by adapting one of his axioms to the context of mobility as movement. A particular case belonging to this family is the Bartholomew index, which is widely used in the empirical literature.

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  • Jorge Alcalde-Unzu & Roberto Ezcurra & Pedro Pascual, 2006. "Mobility as movement: A measuring proposal based on transition matrices," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 4(22), pages 1-12.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-06d30001
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    1. C. Ferretti & P. Ganugi, 2013. "A new mobility index for transition matrices," Statistical Methods & Applications, Springer;Società Italiana di Statistica, vol. 22(3), pages 403-425, August.

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