Official Statistics

Income Dynamics (experimental)

Income Dynamics looks at persistent low income and changes in income. The Income Dynamics publication is based on Understanding Society data.

Documents

Income Dynamics: Income movements and the persistence of low incomes

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Income Dynamics: Persistent low income trends

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Income Dynamics: Individuals in persistent low income

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Income Dynamics: Children in persistent low income

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Income Dynamics: Working-age adults in persistent low income

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Income Dynamics: Pensioners in persistent low income

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Income Dynamics: Movements between quintiles

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Income Dynamics: Methodology tables

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Income Dynamics background information and methodology

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Income Dynamics provides estimates of the likelihood of the same people being persistently in low income in at least 3 out of 4 years and of mobility across the income distribution.

It does this using a survey which follows respondents over time. This is unlike the survey underlying the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series, which looks at the distribution of incomes with different samples each year.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) previously published low income dynamics statistics based on the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). The final release was published on 23 September 2010.

The BHPS has now been subsumed into the Understanding Society survey, a longitudinal study about life in the UK and how it’s changing. This survey now forms the basis for Income Dynamics.

Find future Income Dynamics publication dates in our statistics release calendar and other DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.

These are experimental statistics.

Please contact teamincome.dynamics@dwp.gsi.gov.uk with feedback and queries.

Published 16 March 2017