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Measuring mobility

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  • Frank A. Cowell
  • Emmanuel Flachaire

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Our new approach to mobility measurement involves separating out the valuation of positions in terms of individual status (using income, social rank, or other criteria) from the issue of movement between positions. The quantification of movement is addressed using a general concept of distance between positions and a parsimonious set of axioms that characterize the distance concept and yield a class of aggregative indices. This class of indices induces a superclass of mobility measures over the different status concepts consistent with the same underlying data. We investigate the statistical inference of mobility indices using two well‐known status concepts, related to income mobility and rank mobility. We also show how our superclass provides a more consistent and intuitive approach to mobility, in contrast to other measures in the literature, and illustrate its performance using recent data from China.

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  • Frank A. Cowell & Emmanuel Flachaire, 2018. "Measuring mobility," Quantitative Economics, Econometric Society, vol. 9(2), pages 865-901, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:quante:v:9:y:2018:i:2:p:865-901
    DOI: 10.3982/QE512
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      by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2011-04-27 18:16:11

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    1. Walter Bossert & Burak Can & Conchita D’Ambrosio, 2016. "Measuring rank mobility with variable population size," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 46(4), pages 917-931, April.
    2. Yoram Amiel & Michele Bernasconi & Frank Cowell & Valentino Dardanoni, 2015. "Do we value mobility?," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 44(2), pages 231-255, February.
    3. Yi Chen & Frank A. Cowell, 2017. "Mobility in China," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 63(2), pages 203-218, June.
    4. Millimet, Daniel L. & Tchernis, Rusty, 2015. "Persistence in body mass index in a recent cohort of US children," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 17(C), pages 157-176.

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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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