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The age profile of mobility measures: an application to earnings in West Germany


  • Mark M. Trede

    (Seminar für Wirtschafts-und Sozialstatistik, Universität zu Köln, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Köln, Germany)


This paper develops a technique for estimating age-profiles of earnings mobility using conditional kernel density estimation and establishes their statistical properties. Both pointwise and simultaneous confidence intervals are derived. The paper then examines the age-profile of short-run earnings mobility in Germany between 1983 and 1993 using the Socio-Economic Panel data. It turns out that earnings mobility is significantly higher for young people than for elder ones. Mobility declines rather rapidly until the age of thirty-five or so and remains constant thereafter. The shape of the profile does not change significantly during the observation period. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Mark M. Trede, 1998. "The age profile of mobility measures: an application to earnings in West Germany," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(4), pages 397-409.
  • Handle: RePEc:jae:japmet:v:13:y:1998:i:4:p:397-409

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    1. Sami Bibi & Jean-Yves Duclos & Abdelkrim Araar, 2014. "Mobility, taxation and welfare," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 42(3), pages 503-527, March.
    2. Timm Bönke & Giacomo Corneo & Holger Lüthen, 2015. "Lifetime Earnings Inequality in Germany," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 33(1), pages 171-208.

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