Intergenerational Earnings Mobility in Norway: Levels and Trends

17 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2005  

Espen Bratberg

University of Bergen - Department of Economics

Øivind Anti Nilsen

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Kjell Vaage

University of Bergen - Department of Economics

Abstract

Using longitudinal data for Norwegian children born in 1950, 1955, 1960 and 1965, we find a relatively high degree of earnings mobility. There is no tendency toward decreasing mobility over the cohorts. Conditioning on the position in the earnings distribution, the analysis indicates quite high mobility in the middle of the distribution and somewhat more persistence at the top and bottom. This approach also reveals increased mobility over time for sons, but a less clear picture for daughters.

Keywords: Intergenerational earnings correlations, transition matrices, non-parametric

JEL Classification: J62, C23

Suggested Citation

Bratberg, Espen and Nilsen, Øivind Anti and Vaage, Kjell, Intergenerational Earnings Mobility in Norway: Levels and Trends. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 107, No. 3, pp. 419-435, September 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=857805 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2005.00416.x

Espen Bratberg (Contact Author)

University of Bergen - Department of Economics ( email )

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N-5007 Bergen
Norway

Oivind Anti Nilsen

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics ( email )

Helleveien 30
N-5045 Bergen
Norway

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

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Munich, 01069
Germany

Kjell Vaage

University of Bergen - Department of Economics ( email )

Fosswinckelsgt. 6
N-5007 Bergen
Norway
+47 5 558 9206 (Phone)
+47 5 558 9210 (Fax)

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