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  • Refereed essays Web of Science

    Income Mobility in Old Age in Britain and Germany

    The increases in human longevity and early retirement in recent decades have posed new challenges for policy makers, and require a comprehensive understanding of the processes that influence the economic resources of older people. This paper examines the income mobility experienced by older people living in Britain and Germany during the 1990s, and identifies the influential personal attributes and ...

    In: Ageing and Society 25 (2005), 4, S. 543-565 | Asghar Zaidi, Joachim R. Frick, Felix Büchel
  • Weekly Report 5 / 2005

    Above-Average Rise in Immigrant Poverty: Poverty Often Concomitant with Other Types of Deprivation

    The years 1998 to 2003 were marked by a deterioration in the economic situation of the German population with an immigrant background as the share of immigrants living below the poverty line increased at an above average rate. The older and younger age groups in this segment of the population are particularly prone to poverty. The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) survey, which is carried out by the DIW ...

    2005| Ingrid Tucci, Gert G. Wagner
  • Refereed essays Web of Science

    Item Nonresponse on Income Questions in Panel Surveys: Incidence, Imputation and the Impact on Inequality and Mobility

    In: Allgemeines Statistisches Archiv 89 (2005), 1, S. 49-61 | Joachim R. Frick, Markus M. Grabka
  • Weekly Report 10 / 2005

    Growth in Unemployment Raises Poverty Rates: Most Low-Wage Earnings Constitute Supplement to Primary Household Income

    Inequality with respect to personal earned income has increased in recent years. This trend has gone hand in hand with changes in both the employment constellations of households and the labor market activity of individuals (e.g. through 'minijobs'). In particular, the years since 2000 have seen a rise in the share of households with no market income because their members are either registered or hidden ...

    2005| Jan Goebel, Peter Krause, Jürgen Schupp
  • Diskussionspapiere 482 / 2005

    Growth and Poverty in Burkina Faso: A Reassessment of the Paradox

    Previous poverty assessments for Burkina Faso were due to the neglect of some important methodological issues misleading and led to the so-called 'Burkinabè Growth-Poverty-Paradox', i.e. relatively sustained macro-economic growth, but almost constant poverty. We estimate that poverty significantly decreased between 1994 and 2003 at least on the national level, i.e. growth was in contrast to what previous ...

    2005| Michael Grimm, Isabel Günther
  • Diskussionspapiere 544 / 2005

    Economic Relations between Women and Their Partners: An East-West-German Comparison after Reunification

    A comparison of women's and men's economic relations in the former East and West Germany (in this paper henceforth referred to as East and West Germany) in the years following reunification in 1990 is used to exemplify the differential impact of varying opportunity structures on the extent of and change in women's relative contribution to family income. East Germany represents a special case among ...

    2005| Heike Trappe, Annemette Sørensen
  • Externe Monographien

    Regional Income Stratification in Unified Germany: Using a Gini Decomposition Approach

    Bonn: IZA, 2005, 32 S.
    (Discussion Paper Series / Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit ; 1891)
    | Joachim R. Frick, Jan Goebel
  • Diskussionspapiere 503 / 2005

    Voting, Inequality, and Redistribution

    This paper surveys models of voting on redistribution. Under reasonable assumptions, the baseline model produces an equilibrium with the extent of redistributive taxation chosen by the median income earner; if the median is poorer than average, redistribution is from rich to poor. Increasing inequality increases redistribution. However, under different assumptions about the economic environment, redistribution ...

    2005| Rainald Borck
  • Diskussionspapiere 514 / 2005

    Transitional Dynamics in a Growth Model with Distributive Politics

    This paper constructs a heterogenous agent model of endogenous distribution and growth. When the labor leisure choice of agents is exogenous, the factor holding ratios of households converges to a mass point that is independent of the initial distribution of capital in the steady state. There is complete equality and every household's preferred tax rate equals the growth maximizing tax rate. There ...

    2005| Chetan Ghate
  • Diskussionspapiere 540 / 2005

    Regional Income Stratification in Unified Germany Using a Gini Decomposition Approach

    This paper delivers new insights into the development of income inequality and regional stratification in Germany after unification using a new method for detecting social stratification by a decomposition of the GINI index which yields the obligatory between- and withingroup components as well as an "overlapping" index for the different sup-populations. We apply this method together with a jackknife ...

    2005| Joachim R. Frick, Jan Goebel