Household Income Dynamics: A Four Country Story

The Journal of Development Studies, Volume 40, 2003 - Issue 2, pages 30-54

Posted: 22 Sep 2021

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Gary Fields

Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Paul Cichello

Independent

Samuel Freije-Rodriguez

World Bank

Marta Menéndez

Université Paris Dauphine - UMR DIAL

David Locke Newhouse

World Bank

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Date Written: August 20, 2021

Abstract

In this article, we analyze the dynamics of household per capita incomes using longitudinal data from Indonesia, South Africa, Spain and Venezuela. We find that in all four countries reported initial income and job changes of the head are consistently the most important variables in accounting for income changes, overall and for initially poor households. We also find that changes in income are more important than changes in household size and that changes in labor earnings are more important than changes in other sources of household income.

Suggested Citation

Fields, Gary S. and Cichello, Paul and Freije-Rodriguez, Samuel and Menéndez, Marta and Newhouse, David Locke, Household Income Dynamics: A Four Country Story (August 20, 2021). The Journal of Development Studies, Volume 40, 2003 - Issue 2, pages 30-54, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3908758

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