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Empirical Approaches to Inequality of Opportunity: Principles, Measures, and Evidence

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  • Ramos, Xavi

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    (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

  • Van de gaer, Dirk

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    (Ghent University)

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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 identifies 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 Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6672.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Keywords: equality of opportunity; measurement; compensation; responsibility; effort; circumstances;

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  1. Francesco Andreoli & Arnaud Lefranc, 2013. "Equalization of opportunity: Definitions and implementable conditions," Working Papers 310, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  2. VAN DE GAER, Dirk & VANDENBOSSCHE, Joost & FIGUEROA, José Luis, 2012. "Children’s health opportunities and project evaluation: Mexico’s Oportunidades program," CORE Discussion Papers 2012015, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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