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Income mobility in the developing world: Recent approaches and evidence

Himanshu Himanshu and Peter Lanjouw

No wp-2020-7, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: This paper examines income mobility in developing countries. We start by synthesizing findings from the available evidence on relative mobility and poverty dynamics. We then describe evidence on economic mobility obtained via synthetic panels constructed from cross-section data. We echo earlier literature in pointing to substantial movement across income classes by households over time: poverty is not inevitably a chronic condition. However, less clear are the factors driving the observed 'churning'.

Keywords: Intragenerational mobility; Intergenerational Mobility; Welfare dynamics; Developing countries; India; Chronic Poverty; transitory poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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