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Empirical approaches to inequality of opportunity: Principles, measures, and evidence

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  • Xavier Ramos

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    (Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona, IZA and EQUALITAS)

  • Dirk Van de gaer

    (Sherppa, IAE and CORE)

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We put together the different conceptual issues involved in measuring inequality of opportunity, discuss how these concepts have been translated into computable measures, and point out the problems and choices researchers face when implementing these measures. Our analysis identities and suggests several new possibilities to measure inequality of opportunity. The approaches are illustrated with a selective survey of the empirical literature on income inequality of opportunity.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 259.

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Length: 42 page
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2012-259

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Keywords: equality of opportunity; measurement; compensation; responsibility; effort; circumstances.;

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