The Intergenerational Earnings and Income Mobility of Canadian Men: Evidence from Longitudinal Income Tax Data

Posted: 21 Jan 2000

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Miles Corak

Statistics Canada; University of Ottawa; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Andrew Heisz

Government of Canada - Analytical Studies Branch

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Abstract

Our objective is to obtain an accurate estimate of the degree of intergenerational income mobility in Canada. We use income tax information on about 400,000 father-son pairs, and find intergenerational earnings elasticities to be about 0.2. Earnings mobility tends to be slightly greater than income mobility, but non-parametric techniques uncover significant non-linearities in both of these relationships. Intergenerational earnings mobility is greater at the lower end of the income distribution than at the upper end, and displays an inverted V-shape elsewhere. Intergenerational income mobility follows roughly the same pattern, but is much lower at the very top of the income distribution.

JEL Classification: D31, J62

Suggested Citation

Corak, Miles and Heisz, Andrew, The Intergenerational Earnings and Income Mobility of Canadian Men: Evidence from Longitudinal Income Tax Data. Journal of Human Resources. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=192611

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