Intergenerational mobility of earnings and income in Japan

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Abstract

This paper presents estimates on the intergenerational mobility of economic status in Japan. We estimate the intergenerational elasticity of the earnings and income of offspring with respect to parental income using microdata from the 1993-2004 rounds of the Japanese Panel Survey of Consumers. The estimated intergenerational elasticity using predicted parental income is 0.41-0.46 for married sons, 0.30-0.38 for married daughters, and marginally less than 0.30 for single daughters. A downward trend in elasticity is also observed. Quantile regression does not suggest any particular relation between elasticity and quantiles. A nonlinear analysis of the relation between parental log income and log earnings of offspring illustrates an S-shaped relation for married sons and single daughters, and a linear relation for married daughters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number54
JournalB.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Intergenerational mobility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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