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Wage mobility in times of higher earnings disparities: is it easier to climd the ladder?

  • Magda, Iga

In this paper I study the earnings mobility in Poland and in the UK. Using both transition matrices and a wage mobility index I rst document changes in the overall wage mobility in Poland across time, then compare mobility patterns among Polish and British employees. I focus in particular on low wage workers and analyze their transitions within the earnings distribution and between di¤erent labour market states. Finally, I demonstrate that changes in the earnings mobility in Poland do not seem to be linked to changes in the overall wage dispersion.

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Date of creation: 13 Mar 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2008-10
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