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A note on the rate of intergenerational convergence of earnings


  • Eric R. Eide

    () (Department of Economics, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602-2363, USA)

  • Mark H. Showalter

    () (Department of Economics, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602-2363, USA)


We show that "convergence" to mean earnings in intergenerational earnings mobility models will be a function not only of the single-generation correlation of earnings, but also of the properties of the unobserved stochastic distribution of shocks to earnings.

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  • Eric R. Eide & Mark H. Showalter, 2000. "A note on the rate of intergenerational convergence of earnings," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 13(1), pages 159-162.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:13:y:2000:i:1:p:159-162
    Note: Received: 24 March 1998/Accepted: 13 November 1998 received funds for ist "AERA Grants Program" from the National Science Foundation and the National Center of Education Statistics (U.S. Department of Education) under NSF Grant #RED-9452861. Opinions reflect those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the granting agencies. Support was also received from the BYU College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences at Brigham Young University. Responsible editor: Alessandro Cigno.-->

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    1. Robert Lucas & Sari Kerr, 2013. "Intergenerational income immobility in Finland: contrasting roles for parental earnings and family income," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 26(3), pages 1057-1094, July.

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    Intergenerational earnings mobility;

    JEL classification:

    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion


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