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Direct Measures of Intergenerational Income Mobility for Australia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • We present the first Australian estimates of intergenerational mobility that draw on direct observations of income from two generations. Using panel data for three birth cohorts of young adults from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics Australia Survey, the estimated intergenerational income elasticity is 0.28. Correcting for attenuation bias raises this to 0.41. We estimate the rank correlation to be 0.27. We show that Australia has greater mobility than the USA, and this is not sensitive to methodological choices. We also show that spousal selection and family structure may be important determinants of income persistence across generations.

UOW Authors


  •   Murray, Chelsea L. (external author)
  •   Clark, Robert (external author)
  •   Mendolia, Silvia
  •   Siminski, Peter M. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Murray, C., Clark, R. G., Mendolia, S. & Siminski, P. (2018). Direct Measures of Intergenerational Income Mobility for Australia. The Economic Record, 94 (307), 445-468.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85056108751

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1539

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 23

Start Page


  • 445

End Page


  • 468

Volume


  • 94

Issue


  • 307

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • We present the first Australian estimates of intergenerational mobility that draw on direct observations of income from two generations. Using panel data for three birth cohorts of young adults from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics Australia Survey, the estimated intergenerational income elasticity is 0.28. Correcting for attenuation bias raises this to 0.41. We estimate the rank correlation to be 0.27. We show that Australia has greater mobility than the USA, and this is not sensitive to methodological choices. We also show that spousal selection and family structure may be important determinants of income persistence across generations.

UOW Authors


  •   Murray, Chelsea L. (external author)
  •   Clark, Robert (external author)
  •   Mendolia, Silvia
  •   Siminski, Peter M. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Murray, C., Clark, R. G., Mendolia, S. & Siminski, P. (2018). Direct Measures of Intergenerational Income Mobility for Australia. The Economic Record, 94 (307), 445-468.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85056108751

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1539

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 23

Start Page


  • 445

End Page


  • 468

Volume


  • 94

Issue


  • 307

Place Of Publication


  • Australia