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Decomposing equality of opportunity by income sources

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  • Giuseppe Pignataro

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    (Departments of Public Economics, Catholic University of Milan)

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An opportunity egalitarian view focus not only on equality of outcomes but essentially on the means or opportunities to realize such outcomes. In this paper we propose a methodology to decompose an opportunity egalitarian Atkinson index by income sources seeking for a measure of overall equality into an opportunity and a responsibility component.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 29 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 702-711

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-09-00232

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Keywords: equality of opportunity; measurement; equivalent income; income sources; factor components;

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