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

  • Xavier Ramos


    (Departament d'Economia Aplicada, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

  • Dirk Van de gaer


    (SHERPPA, Vakgroep Sociale Economie, F.E.B., Ghent University, Tweekerkenstraat 2, B-9000 Gent, Belgium.)

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 Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona in its series Working Papers with number wpdea1208.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:uab:wprdea:wpdea1208
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