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New Data on Wealth Mobility and Their Impact on Models of Inequality

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  • Daniel R. Carroll
  • Nicholas Hoffman

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Using data on families? wealth over time, we calculate changes in relative wealth mobility; that is, how likely families are to move up or down the wealth distribution, relative to one another. We find families have become less likely to change their position in the wealth distribution over time, and those that do move are less likely to go very far. We also look at the savings behaviors that are associated with more mobile families and find that families that make large movements through the wealth distribution appear to be more likely to own some form of a risky asset.

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  • Daniel R. Carroll & Nicholas Hoffman, 2017. "New Data on Wealth Mobility and Their Impact on Models of Inequality," Economic Commentary, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, issue June.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcec:00071
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    economic mobility; investments; wealth;

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