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Fair and unfair income inequalities in Europe

  • Daniele Checchi

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  • Vito Peragine

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  • Laura Serlenga

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This paper analyses the extent of income inequality and opportunity inequality in 25 European countries. The present work contributes to understanding the origin of standard income inequality, helping to identify potential institutional setups that are associated to opportu nity inequality. We distinguish between ex ante and ex post opportunity inequality. We ?nd that ex ante equality of opportunity exhibits positive correlation with public expenditure in education, whereas expost equality of opportunity is also positively associated to union presence and to ?scal redistribution.

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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 wp06_10.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
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Handle: RePEc:wpc:wplist:wp06_10
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