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Equality of opportunity in four measures of well-being

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  • Xavier Ramos Morilla

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

  • Daniel Gerszon Mahler

    (World Bank)

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A growing literature has tried to measure the extent to which individuals have equal opportunities to acquire income. At the same time, policymakers have doubled down on e orts to go beyond income when designing policies to enhance well-being. We attempt to bridge these two areas by measuring the extent to which individuals have equal opportunities to achieve a high level of well-being. We use the German Socio-Economic Panel to measure well-being in four di erent ways including incomes. This makes it possible to determine if the way well-being is measured matters for identifying who the opportunity-deprived are and for tracking inequality of opportunity over time. We find that, regardless of how well-being is measured, the same people are opportunity-deprived and equality of opportunity has improved over the past 10 years. This suggests that going beyond income has little relevance if the objective is to provide equal opportunities.

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  • Xavier Ramos Morilla & Daniel Gerszon Mahler, 2018. "Equality of opportunity in four measures of well-being," Working Papers wpdea1803, Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona.
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    Keywords

    Equality of opportunity; measurement; responsibility; e ort; well-being;
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    JEL classification:

    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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