We produce the first estimates of intergenerational mobility in Australia using tax data covering over a million individuals born between 1978 and 1982. We find that the  intergenerational elasticity in total income is 0.185, and that the rank-rank slope is 0.215. These are among the lowest estimates for advanced economies. We show that there is both substantial upward mobility from the bottom of the income distribution and substantial downward mobility from the top. We also produce the first regional estimates of intergenerational mobility for Australia. While mobility is rapid throughout most of the country there is meaningful dispersion − with the mining boom in particular driving strong upward mobility over the period observed.


Presented by Nathan Deutscher, Australian National University

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