Measuring Intergenerational Mobility and Equality of Opportunity
AbstractThis paper explores the link between the measurement of intergenerational mobility and the notion of equality of opportunity. We show how recently proposed theories of equality of opportunity can be meaningfully adapted to the intergenerational context. This throws a new light on the interpretation of existing mobility measures: these may be interesting to measure mobility as movement, but they are inadequate to capture the notion of equality of opportunity. We propose some new mobility measures, which start from the idea that the intergenerational transition matrix gives useful information about the opportunity sets of the children of different social classes. These measures are used in an empirical illustration to evaluate the degree of inequality of opportunity in the US, Great Britain and Italy.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth in its series Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series with number n780598.
Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: May 1998
Date of revision:
Intergenerational Mobility; Equality of Opportunity; Inequality;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-1998-07-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-1998-07-13 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-MIC-1998-07-13 (Microeconomics)
- NEP-PBE-1998-07-13 (Public Economics)
- NEP-POL-1998-07-13 (Positive Political Economics)
You can help add them by filling out this form.
CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
- Vitorocco Peragine, . "Responsibility Compensation and Income Distribution," Discussion Papers 98/13, Department of Economics, University of York.
- Pasquier-Doumer, Laure, 2004.
"Vers plus d'égalité d'opportunités scolaires ? L’évolution de la mobilité scolaire intergénérationnelle au Pérou depuis un siècle,"
Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine
123456789/4562, Paris Dauphine University.
- Laure Pasquier-Doumer, 2004. "Vers plus d'égalité d'opportunités scolaires ? Évolution de la mobilité scolaire intergénérationnelle au Pérou depuis un siècle," Revue d’économie du développement, De Boeck Université, vol. 18(1), pages 101-134.
- Donal O'Neill & Olive Sweetman & Dirk van de gaer, 1999. "Equiality of Opportunity and Kernel Density Estimation: An Application to Intergenerational Mobility," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n950999, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
- Jean-François Carpantier & Christelle Sapata, 2013.
"Empirical Welfare Analysis: When Preferences Matter,"
CREA Discussion Paper Series
13-11, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.
- Jean-François Carpantier & Christelle Sapata, 2013. "Empirical Welfare Analysis: When Preferences Matter," Working Papers wpdea1304, Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ().
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.