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

  • X. RAMOS
  • D. VAN DE GAER

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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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Paper provided by Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in its series Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium with number 12/792.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:rug:rugwps:12/792
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