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On the measurement of unfairness An application to high school attendance in Argentina

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  • Leonardo C. Gasparini

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    (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Departmento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Calle 6 e/47 y 48, Oficina 516, La Plata , Argentina)

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This paper presents a framework to measure unfairness in certain outcomes, like education attendance or basic health services consumption. The determinants of an individual outcome are divided into socially acceptable and unacceptable sources of differences in that outcome. To detect an unfair situation, comparisons are restricted to those individuals who share the same value of the vector of acceptable factors. The relevant argument to compare is the expectation of the outcome conditional on the vector of unacceptable variables. Unfairness is related to inequality in the distribution of those conditional expectations across individuals. An illustration of the framework is presented for the case of high school attendance in the Greater Buenos Aires area and other Argentine cities.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Social Choice and Welfare.

Volume (Year): 19 (2002)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 795-810

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Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:19:y:2002:i:4:p:795-810

Note: Received: 25 August 2000/Accepted: 6 August 2001
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  1. Asadullah, M. Niaz & Yalonetzky, Gaston, 2012. "Inequality of Educational Opportunity in India: Changes Over Time and Across States," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(6), pages 1151-1163.

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