Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
Susanne Dahlberg and Ruth-Aïda Nahum
Cohort Effects on Earnings Profiles: Evidence from Sweden.
Abstract: The cohort crowding literature suggests that the size of
one´s generation, or cohort, has repercussions on the level and shape of
one´s earnings profile. We estimate cohort size effects on earnings
profiles and further assess whether these profiles are affected by the
individuals´position in the Baby Boom. Using a rich individual based panel
data set, we follow the Swedish Baby Boomers of the 1940´s and the
following Baby Bust of the 1950´s from 1968 to 1999. Our results indicate
that there are significant cohort effects on the earnings profile which are
fairly consistent across gender but not across education levels. Large
cohorts have a higher overall earnings level than small cohorts. Cohorts
born in an upswing of a boom have a higher earnings level than cohorts born
in a downswing. The effects on return to experience vary across education
and experience levels.
Keywords: Earnings profiles; Baby Boom; Cohort size; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J21; J31; (follow links to similar papers)
50 pages, January 2003
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