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Higher Education and Equality of Opportunity in Italy

  • Peragine, Vito


    (University of Bari)

  • Serlenga, Laura


    (University of Bari)

This paper proposes a definition of equality of educational opportunities. Then, it develops a comprehensive model that allows to test for the existence of equality of opportunity in a given distribution and to rank distributions according to equality of opportunity. Finally, it provides an empirical analysis of equality of opportunity for higher education in Italy.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3163.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3163
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