Local versus Global Assessment of Mobility

Schluter, Christian and Trede, Mark (2003) Local versus Global Assessment of Mobility. International Economic Review, 44, (4), 1313-1336. (doi:10.1111/1468-2354.t01-1-00111).


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Mobility indices are popular tools designed to quantify the extent of income changes by aggregating "local" distributional change into a "global" scalar according to some rule. For some mobility measures, this aggregation rule is only implicit in their standard definition. We derive an insightful approximation to the (statistical) aggregation rule for the important class of mobility indices introduced by Shorrocks (Journal of Economic Theory 19 (1978), 376–93) and further generalized by Maasoumi and Zandvakili (Economic Letters 22 (1986), 97–102), which enables us to characterize their normative properties.

We also develop methods for estimation and inference. A substantive empirical contribution emerges from the comparison of mobility between the United States and Germany. Our methods reveal why income mobility is higher in Germany than in the United States: Higher German mobility in the bottom of the distribution is combined with an implicitly higher weighting by the mobility index at the bottom.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/1468-2354.t01-1-00111
ISSNs: 0020-6598 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Q Science > QA Mathematics
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 33394
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:59
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/33394

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