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Measuring Directional Mobility: The Bartholomew and Prais-Bibby Indices Reconsidered

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  • Satya R. Chakravarty

    (Economic Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute)

  • Nachiketa Chattopadhyay

    (Statistics and Mathematics Division, Indian Statistical Institute)

  • Nora Lustig

    (Department of Economics, Tulane University)

  • Rodrigo Aranda Balcazar

    (Department of Economics, Tulane University)

Abstract

This paper tries to interpret the Bartholomew (1967) index of social mobility in terms of a directional mobility index based on the one-step expected states of movement corresponding to a transition matrix. A partial ordering of monotone transition matrices is proposed using the generalized Lorenz ordering of expected states which can be related to social improvement in terms of the socio-economic attribute under consideration. We also interpret the Prais(1955)-Bibby (1975) mobility index using a Bayesian approach, where the underlying mobility depends on the initial distribution of the states.

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  • Satya R. Chakravarty & Nachiketa Chattopadhyay & Nora Lustig & Rodrigo Aranda Balcazar, 2017. "Measuring Directional Mobility: The Bartholomew and Prais-Bibby Indices Reconsidered," Working Papers 1720, Tulane University, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    social mobility; intergenerational mobility; monotonicity; Bayesian analysis;
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    JEL classification:

    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion

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