Household Income Dynamics: A Four-Country Story

Posted: 9 Aug 2005

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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 L. Cichello

Loyola College in Maryland; World Bank

Marta Menendez

Department and Laboratory of Applied and Theoretical Economics (DELTA)

David Locke Newhouse

World Bank

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Abstract

In this article, we analyse 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 labour earnings are more important than changes in other sources of household income.

Keywords: Income dynamics, Indonesia, Spain, South Africa, Venezuela

JEL Classification: O12, I31

Suggested Citation

Fields, Gary S. and Cichello, Paul L. and Cichello, Paul L. and Menendez, Marta and Newhouse, David Locke, Household Income Dynamics: A Four-Country Story. Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 40, No. 2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=771526

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