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Changing Fortunes: Income Mobility and Poverty Dynamics in Britain

Stephen P. Jenkins


Britain's income distribution is like a multi-story apartment building with the numbers of residents on the different floors corresponding to the concentration of people at different income levels in any particular year. The poorest are in the basement, the richest are in the penthouse, and the majority somewhere in between. But what are the dynamics of occupancy patterns? Snapshots of the building register at different times tell us nothing about these. Over time, how much movement between floors is there, and has the frequency of moves or the distance travelled been changing over the last tw ... More

Keywords: income mobility, poverty dynamics, British Household Panel Survey, longitudinal data

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226436
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen P. Jenkins, author
Professor of Economic and Social Policy, London School of Economics
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