Chapter 10

Income Mobility

Markus Jäntti*; Stephen P. Jenkins,,§    * Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics, London, UK ISER, University of Essex, Colchester, UK§ IZA, Bonn, Bonn, Germany


We survey the literature on income mobility, aiming to provide an integrated discussion of mobility within and between generations. We review mobility concepts, descriptive devices, measurement methods, data sources, and recent empirical evidence.


Intragenerational mobility

Intergenerational mobility

Income mobility

Earnings mobility

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10.1 Introduction

Most of the information that we have about income ...

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