A Longitudinal Analysis of Earnings Change in Canada

25 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2004

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Charles M. Beach

Queen's University - Department of Economics

Ross Finnie

Statistics Canada - Business and Labour Market Analysis Division; Queen's University - School of Policy Studies

Abstract

We use tax-based longitudinal microdata for 1982-99 to (i) examine how earnings distributions have shifted, (ii) identify changes in earnings mobility patterns, and (iii) replicate and update Beaudry and Green's cohort analysis of age-earnings profiles. We find: (i) increased polarization of men's earnings and marked decline in real earnings of workers aged 20-4; (ii) general decline in men's earnings mobility, while women's mobility has increased for young and prime-age workers; and (iii) upward drift in earnings profiles of 1960s-1970s entry cohorts and downward shifts for 1980s-1990s cohorts (largely confirming Beaudry and Green's findings), but suggestive of steepening profiles for the 1990s cohorts.

JEL Classification: J31, O33

Suggested Citation

Beach, Charles M. and Finnie, Ross, A Longitudinal Analysis of Earnings Change in Canada. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=513413

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Queen's University - School of Policy Studies ( email )

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