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Higher education and equality of opportunity in Italy

  • Vito Peragine


  • Laura Serlenga


This paper proposes a definition of equality of educational opportunities. Then, it develops a comprehensive model that allows to test for the existence of equality of opportunity in a given distribution and to rank distributions according to equality of opportunity. Finally, it provides an empirical analysis of equality of opportunity for higher education in Italy.

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Paper provided by CHILD - Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic economics - ITALY in its series CHILD Working Papers with number wp01_08.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Handle: RePEc:wpc:wplist:wp01_08
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