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An International Comparison of Lifetime Inequality: How Continental Europe Resembles North America

Bowlus, AJ; Robin, J-M; (2012) An International Comparison of Lifetime Inequality: How Continental Europe Resembles North America. Journal of the European Economic Association , 10 , Article 6.

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Abstract

We compare earnings inequality and mobility across the U.S., Canada, France, Germany and the U.K. during the late 1990s. A flexible model of earnings dynamics that isolates positional mobility within a stable earnings distribution is estimated. Earnings trajectories are then simulated, and lifetime annuity value distributions are constructed. Earnings mobility and employment risk are found to be positively correlated with base-year inequality. Taken together they produce more equalization in countries with high cross-section inequality such that the countries in our sample have more similar lifetime inequality levels than cross-section measures suggest.

Type:Article
Title:An International Comparison of Lifetime Inequality: How Continental Europe Resembles North America
Additional information:owner: jeanmarc.robin timestamp: 2012.09.20
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Economics

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