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Inequality of Opportunity in Sweden:A Spatial Perspective

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  • Umut Turk

    () (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

  • John Östh

    () (Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, Uppsala Sweden)

Abstract

This paper investigates the spatial dimensions of inequality of opportunity by integrating parental neighbourhood characteristics as exogenous factors influencing the life chances of individuals. We construct egocentric neighbourhoods, where contextual variables are quantified by an approach based on k nearest neighbours. The analyses are carried out with multilevel models departing significantly from previous studies where solely OLS regressions were employed. Using Swedish longitudinal register data, we show that the parental neighbourhood is highly influential in educational inequality of opportunity and remains so for earnings inequality of opportunity even years after exposure.

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  • Umut Turk & John Östh, 2017. "Inequality of Opportunity in Sweden:A Spatial Perspective," Working Papers 09/2017, University of Verona, Department of Economics.
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    1. Vincenzo Carrieri & Andrew M. Jones, 2018. "Inequality of opportunity in health: A decomposition‐based approach," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 27(12), pages 1981-1995, December.

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    Keywords

    neighbourhood effects; Equality of Opportunity;

    JEL classification:

    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality

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