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The Intergenerational Earnings and Income Mobility of Canadian

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  • Miles Corak

    (Statistics Canada)

  • Andrew Heisz

    (Statistics Canada)

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Our objective is to obtain an accurate estimate of the degree of intergenerational income mobility in Canada. We use income tax information on about 400,000 father-son pairs, and find intergenerational earnings elasticities to be about 0.2. Earnings mobility tends to be slightly greater than income mobility, but non- parametric techniques uncover significant non-linearities in both of these relationships. Intergenerational earnings mobilty is greater at the lower end of the income distribution than at the upper end, and displays an inverted V-shape elsewhere. Intergenerational income mobility follows roughly the same pattern, but is much lower at the top of the income distribution.

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  • Miles Corak & Andrew Heisz, 1998. "The Intergenerational Earnings and Income Mobility of Canadian," Labor and Demography 9808001, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:9808001 Note: Type of Document - pdf; prepared on IBM PC - PC; to print on HP; pages: 49 ; figures: included. Paper presented to the 1998 meetings of the SOLE
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    Keywords

    Intergenerational Income Mobility; Income Distribution; Nonparametric regression;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion

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