Limited Income Mobility: Empirical Evidence from Korea

Hyungna Oh, Yun Jeong Choi

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Using the Korea Labor and Income Panel Study from 1998 to 2010, we measure income mobility and determinants of income ranks and mobility. Empirical outcomes reveal that income mobility is quite limited for both the poorest and the richest income households. Moreover, a macro economic shock had heterogeneous impacts on each income group and the low-income class was highly vulnerable to it. Given the long-lasting impacts of early stage factors and initial endowment on income, this paper calls for policies to support citizens suffering from illness, family breakdown, poor initial conditions, and aging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-687
Number of pages23
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I appreciate the support by the Korea Development Institute, the Korea Exim Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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