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Family background, academic ability and associated inequality of opportunity in India

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  • Ashish Singh

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The paper adds to the existing work on Inequality of Opportunity in India and using data and techniques proposed in earlier studies, estimates inequality of opportunity in academic ability of Indian males. Taking data from India Human Development Survey (2004-05) and mean log deviation as the inequality measure, the overall observed inequality in academic ability has been decomposed into two components. One of which can be associated to family background (inequality of opportunity) of individuals and another one due to all other factors. The paper finds substantial level of inequality of opportunity in academic ability in India, with the figures relatively higher for the urban regions compared to the rural ones.

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  • Ashish Singh, 2011. "Family background, academic ability and associated inequality of opportunity in India," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(2), pages 1463-1473.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00283
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    1. Nicolas Pistolesi, 2009. "Inequality of opportunity in the land of opportunities, 1968–2001," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 7(4), pages 411-433, December.
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    1. Ashish Singh, 2011. "Gender based intra-household inequality of opportunity in academic skills among Indian children," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(3), pages 2333-2346.
    2. Swati Dutta, 2015. "Identifying Single or Multiple Poverty Trap: An Application to Indian Household Panel Data," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 120(1), pages 157-179, January.

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    Inequality of Opportunity; Academic Ability; India;

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    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution

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