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Intra-generational mobility and repeated cross-sections : a three-country validation exercise

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  • Cruces, Guillermo
  • Lanjouw, Peter
  • Lucchetti, Leonardo
  • Perova, Elizaveta
  • Vakis, Renos
  • Viollaz, Mariana

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This paper validates a recently proposed method to estimate intra-generational mobility through repeated cross-sectional surveys. The technique allows the creation of a"synthetic panel"-- done by predicting future or past household income using a set of simple modeling and error structure assumptions -- and thus permits the estimation of lower and upper bounds on directional mobility measures. The authors validate the approach in three different settings where good panel data also exist (Chile, Nicaragua, and Peru). In doing so, they also carry out a number of refinements to the validation procedure. The results are broadly encouraging: the methodology performs well in all three settings, especially in cases where richer model specifications can be estimated. The technique does equally well in predicting short and long-term mobility patterns and is robust to a broad set of additional"stress"and sensitivity tests. Overall, the paper lends support to the application of this approach to settings where panel data are absent.

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  • Cruces, Guillermo & Lanjouw, Peter & Lucchetti, Leonardo & Perova, Elizaveta & Vakis, Renos & Viollaz, Mariana, 2011. "Intra-generational mobility and repeated cross-sections : a three-country validation exercise," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5916, The World Bank.
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    1. Tom Krebs & Pravin Krishna & William Maloney, 2013. "Income Mobility and Welfare," IMF Working Papers 13/24, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Marco Stampini & Marcos Robles & Mayra Sáenz & Pablo Ibarrarán & Nadin Medellín, 2016. "Poverty, vulnerability, and the middle class in Latin America," Latin American Economic Review, Springer;Centro de Investigaciòn y Docencia Económica (CIDE), vol. 25(1), pages 1-44, December.
    3. Krebs, Tom & Krishna, Pravin & Maloney, William F., 2012. "Income Risk, Income Mobility and Welfare," IZA Discussion Papers 7056, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    4. Erika Pesántez, 2014. "Análisis de movilidad social en el Ecuador," Analítika, Analítika - Revista de Análisis Estadístico/Journal of Statistical Analysis, vol. 8(2), pages 53-68, Diciembre.
    5. Dang,Hai-Anh H. & Lanjouw,Peter F., 2013. "Measuring poverty dynamics with synthetic panels based on cross-sections," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6504, The World Bank.
    6. Luis López-Calva & Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez, 2014. "A vulnerability approach to the definition of the middle class," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 12(1), pages 23-47, March.
    7. Marco Stampini & Marcos Robles & Mayra Sáenz & Pablo Ibarrarán & Nadin Medellín, 2016. "Poverty, vulnerability, and the middle class in Latin America," Latin American Economic Review, Springer;Centro de Investigaciòn y Docencia Económica (CIDE), vol. 25(1), pages 1-44, December.
    8. Tom Krebs & Pravin Krishna & William F. Maloney, 2017. "Income Mobility, Income Risk and Welfare," NBER Working Papers 23578, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    9. Davalos, Maria E. & Meyer, Moritz, 2015. "Moldova : a story of upward economic mobility," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7167, The World Bank.
    10. Isidro Soloaga & Gerardo Franco & Victor Perez, 2013. "Chronic Poverty, Poverty Dynamics, and Vulnerability: Mexico 2006-2010," Working Papers 0213, Universidad Iberoamericana, Department of Economics.

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    Services&Transfers to Poor; Poverty Reduction Strategies; Scientific Research&Science Parks; Science Education; Housing&Human Habitats;

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