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

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  • Ramos, Xavier

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    (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

  • Van de gaer, Dirk

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    (Ghent University)

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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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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