Trends in Individual Income Growth: Measurement Methods and British Evidence

55 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2011

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Stephen P. Jenkins

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Social Policy and Administration; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Philippe Van Kerm

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

Abstract

Assessments of whose income growth is the greatest and whose is the smallest are typically based on comparisons of income changes for income groups (e.g. rich versus poor) or income values (e.g. quantiles). However, income group and quantile composition changes over time because of income mobility. To summarize patterns of income growth while also tracking the fortunes of the same individuals, a longitudinal perspective is required. For this case, we develop dominance conditions and summary indices for comparisons of distributions of individual income growth, together with associated methods of estimation and inference. Using these methods and data from the British Household Panel Survey, we study individual income growth for periods between 1991 and 2005. We show that income growth was significantly more pro-poor in the early years of the Labour government than in earlier Conservative years.

Keywords: individual income growth, pro-poor growth, progressive income growth, income mobility, mobility profile, British Household Panel Survey

JEL Classification: D31, D63, I32

Suggested Citation

Jenkins, Stephen P. and Van Kerm, Philippe, Trends in Individual Income Growth: Measurement Methods and British Evidence. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5510, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1765676

Stephen P. Jenkins (Contact Author)

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Philippe Van Kerm

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) ( email )

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Esch-sur-Alzette, L-4366
Luxembourg

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