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Inequality of Life Chances and the Measurement of Social Immobility

In: Social Ethics and Normative Economics

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  • Jacques Silber

    (Bar-Ilan University)

  • Amedeo Spadaro

    (Paris School of Economics
    Universitat de les Illes Balears)

Abstract

The topic of intergenerational mobility measurement has been increasingly popular among economists in recent years. For interesting surveys, see, for example, Solon (1999) and Corak (2004). In a recent article, Van de gaer et al. (2001) have made a distinction between three meanings of intergenerational mobility, stressing respectively the idea of movement, the inequality of opportunity, and the inequality of life chances.

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  • Jacques Silber & Amedeo Spadaro, 2011. "Inequality of Life Chances and the Measurement of Social Immobility," Studies in Choice and Welfare, in: Marc Fleurbaey & Maurice Salles & John A. Weymark (ed.), Social Ethics and Normative Economics, pages 129-154, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:stcchp:978-3-642-17807-8_5
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-17807-8_5
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