Income Distribution: Stagnant or Mobile?

21 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2006

Date Written: July 13, 2005

Abstract

Popular discussion of income and wealth distribution tend to focus on snapshots of distribution at a given moment in time, making it appear more unequal than it really is. This paper looks at mobility in and out of income and wealth distribution classes. It finds that all empirical measures of mobility show that it is high, thus mitigating the impact of inequality to a large extent.

JEL Classification: D31, D63, I32

Suggested Citation

Bartlett, Bruce, Income Distribution: Stagnant or Mobile? (July 13, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=907150 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.907150

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