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Measuring mobility

  • Frank A. Cowell

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    (STICERD, London School of Economics)

  • Emmanuel Flachaire

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    (GREQAM, Aix-Marseille University)

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 characterise 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.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 199.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2011-199
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