Consolidating the Evidence on Income Mobility in the Western States of Germany and the United States from 1984 to 2006

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Gulgun Bayaz-Ozturk

CUNY School of Public Health

Richard V. Burkhauser

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM); University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute

Kenneth A. Couch

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

The cross‐national intragenerational literature has often analyzed income mobility within short time periods over which mobility might reasonably be thought of as invariant. Here, we argue that a great social transformation - German reunification - abruptly and permanently altered mobility. Using standard measures (with panel data for the western states of Germany and the United States) over the period 1984–2006, we find the conventional result that income mobility is greater in Germany. But when we cut the data into 5‐year windows, we find that income mobility declines significantly over the years immediately following reunification in Germany but not in the United States, using both measures.

JEL Classification: J1, J6

Suggested Citation

Bayaz-Ozturk, Gulgun and Burkhauser, Richard V. and Couch, Kenneth A., Consolidating the Evidence on Income Mobility in the Western States of Germany and the United States from 1984 to 2006 (January 2014). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 52, Issue 1, pp. 431-443, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2357230 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12025

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