Is there income mobility in the Philippines?

Martinez, Arturo, Western, Mark, Haynes, Michele and Tomaszewski, Wojtek (2014) Is there income mobility in the Philippines?. Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, 28 1: 96-115. doi:10.1111/apel.12047

Author Martinez, Arturo
Western, Mark
Haynes, Michele
Tomaszewski, Wojtek
Title Is there income mobility in the Philippines?
Journal name Asian-Pacific Economic Literature   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0818-9935
Publication date 2014-05
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/apel.12047
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 28
Issue 1
Start page 96
End page 115
Total pages 20
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Despite a more robust economic performance over the past decade compared with the 1980s and 1990s, growth in average household income is still far below what might be expected given the pace of economic expansion in the Philippines. Inequality of household income has also remained high, which leads to the question: is there income mobility in the Philippines? Using longitudinal data from three years of the redesigned Philippine Family Income and Expenditure Survey (2003, 2006, and 2009) and a variety of analytical tools, we examine the mobility of Filipino household income and show that it is less stagnant than is conventionally perceived. Empirical evidence suggests that significant positive and negative mobility exists; albeit, the two tend to offset each other, contributing to slow household income growth at the aggregate level. In addition, there is some evidence that transitory fluctuations contribute significantly to the observed level of income mobility. Overall, the findings are robust across different analytical tools used in measuring income mobility.
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Institutional Status UQ

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