Upward Structural Mobility, Exchange Mobility, and Subgroup Consistent Mobility Measurement: U.S.-German Mobility Rankings Revisited

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Christian Schluter

University of Southampton - Division of Economics

Dirk Van de Gaer

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Social Economics

Date Written: February 22, 2011

Abstract

We formalize the concept of upward structural mobility and use the framework of subgroup consistent mobility measurement to derive a relative and an absolute measure of mobility that is increasing in upward structural mobility and compatible with the notion of exchange mobility. In our empirical illustration, we contribute substantively to the ongoing debate about mobility rankings between the U.S. and Germany by demonstrating that the U.S. typically does exhibit more upward structural mobility than Germany.

Suggested Citation

Schluter, Christian and Van de Gaer, Dirk, Upward Structural Mobility, Exchange Mobility, and Subgroup Consistent Mobility Measurement: U.S.-German Mobility Rankings Revisited (February 22, 2011). Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 1-22, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1782508 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4991.2009.00372.x

Christian Schluter (Contact Author)

University of Southampton - Division of Economics ( email )

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Dirk Van de Gaer

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Social Economics ( email )

Hoveniersberg 24
Gent, 9000
Belgium

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