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Measuring inequality of opportunity through between-group inequality components

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  • Antonio Abatemarco

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Opportunity egalitarians support rich-to-poor redistribution whenever this allows for the compensation of income disparities due to non-responsible choices (circum- stances). In this paper we investigate the measurement of opportunity inequality within Roemer's (1993) pragmatic theory where equally subgroup ranked individuals are assumed to be equally responsible. Given entropy-based, deprivation-based and welfaristic inequality decomposition procedures, we show that the between-group Gini index - obtained from the two-components decomposition (Dagum 1997) - is the only between-group inequality index satisfying the Pigou-Dalton principle of transfer as reformulated for opportunity egalitarianism.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Journal of Economic Inequality.

Volume (Year): 8 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 475-490

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jecinq:v:8:y:2010:i:4:p:475-490

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Keywords: Inequality; Opportunity; Decomposition;

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  1. Van Kerm, Philippe, 2009. "Generalized measures of wage differentials," IRISS Working Paper Series 2009-08, IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD.
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  3. Stéphane Mussard, 2010. "Pair-Based Decomposable Inequality Measures," Working Papers 10-15, LAMETA, Universtiy of Montpellier, revised Nov 2010.

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