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Cross-Country Income Mobility Comparisons Under Panel Attrition: The Relevance of Weighting Schemes

  • Luis Ayala


    (Instituto de Estudios Fiscales / Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)

  • Carolina Navarro

    (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)

  • Mercedes Sastre

    (Instituto de Estudios Fiscales / Universidad Complutense)

This paper aims to present an assessment of the effects of panel attrition on income mobility comparisons for some EU-countries by using the European Community Household Panel (ECHP). There are different possibilities of correcting the attrition problem by means of alternative longitudinal weighting schemes. The sensitivity of mobility estimates to these attrition correction procedures is tested in the paper. Our results show that ECHP attrition is characterised by a certain degree of selectivity but only affecting some variables and countries. Different probability models corroborate the existence of a certain non-random attrition. The model chosen to construct the longitudinal weights to correct attrition offers up rather different results than those obtained when Eurostat’s longitudinal weights are used. Although attrition does not seem to have a great effect on aggregated mobility indicators, it does have a decisive effect on decomposition exercises. Finally, the tests conducted on income mobility indicators reveal a certain sensitivity to the weighting system used.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 47.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2006-47
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