Seminar ‘More unequal, but more mobile? Earnings inequality and mobility in OECD countries’

Wednesday June 28th 2017 Alexander Hijzen (OECD will give a presentation titled ‘More unequal, but more mobile? Earnings inequality and mobility in OECD countries’

June 28, 2017
CPB-Office, Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, Den Haag, room 3, ‘Braamzaal’

Time:                   13:00-14:00 Hrs

Venue:                CPB-Office, Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, Den Haag, room 3, ‘Braamzaal’

Presentation:  Alexander Hijzen (OECD)

Discussant:     TBD

Language:        English

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This paper provides comprehensive cross-country evidence on the relationship between earnings inequality and intra-generational mobility by simulating individual earnings and employment trajectories using short panels for 24 OECD countries. On average across countries, about 25% of earnings inequality in a given year evens out over the life cycle as a result of mobility. Mobility is not systematically higher in countries with more earnings inequality. A positive and statistically significant relationship is found only in the bottom of the distribution. This reflects the role of mobility between employment and unemployment and not that of mobility up and down the earnings ladder.

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