From discrete to continuous-time transition matrices in intra-distribution dynamics analysis: an application to per capita wealth in europe

Abstract: Previous studies focusing on the intra-distribution dynamics analysis have usually computed, in a Markov chain framework, discrete-time transition matrices. Such an approach, however, can involve some limitations, especially when using stock variables. In order to illustrate the importance of the time-scale issue when estimating transition matrices, this paper applies both discrete and continuoustime approaches to a set of cross-national European data on per capita wealth for the period 2000–10. The results reveal, on the one hand, that the continuous-time estimation provides a most accurate estimation of transition probabilities and, on the other, that the differences between both approaches are especially remarkable in the long-term equilibrium distribution.

 Fuente: Bulletin of economic research, Volume 67, Issue 3, 1 July 2015, Pages 227-235

Editorial: Wiley-Blackwell

 Fecha de publicación: 01/07/2015

Nº de páginas: 9

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

DOI: 10.1111/boer.12002

ISSN: 1467-8586,0307-3378

Url de la publicación: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/boer.12002