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Comparing Income Mobility In Germany And The United States Using Generalized Entropy Mobility Measures

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  • Esfandiar Maasoumi
  • Mark Trede

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Based on a derivation of the asymptotic sampling distribution of the generalized entropy mobility measures, this paper provides a statistically rigorous analysis of income mobility in Germany and the United States using the panel data set PSID-SOEP equivalent data file. Several alternative measures of income aggregation, inequality measures, and groupings are considered to establish robustness. We find that, to a high degree of statistical confidence, post-government income mobility is much higher in Germany. Possible reasons for these findings are revealed through disaggregation of the samples by population subgroups. © 2001 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • Esfandiar Maasoumi & Mark Trede, 2001. "Comparing Income Mobility In Germany And The United States Using Generalized Entropy Mobility Measures," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 83(3), pages 551-559, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:83:y:2001:i:3:p:551-559
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