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Estimation of sons' intergenerational earnings mobility in the presence of censoring

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  • Alexandra L. Minicozzi

    (Department of Economics, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78705, USA)

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Based on intergenerational data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, I provide estimates of income mobility across generations for men. Special attention is paid to issues of censoring caused by a son's unemployment. Employing non-parametric bounds estimates, I illustrate that previous income mobility estimates rely heavily on (unjustified) assumptions of exogenous selection. Assuming a son's potential income is instead a function of his reason for unemployment and work history, I re-estimate mobility. Allowing for sampling variability, the range of feasible slopes consistent with these modified bounds restrictions is 0.27 to 0.55. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Alexandra L. Minicozzi, 2003. "Estimation of sons' intergenerational earnings mobility in the presence of censoring," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(3), pages 291-314.
  • Handle: RePEc:jae:japmet:v:18:y:2003:i:3:p:291-314
    DOI: 10.1002/jae.682
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