Economic Development as Opportunity Equalization
John E. Roemer
Yale University - Department of Political Science
Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper No. 1583
The justification of using GNP per capita as a measure of economic development is utilitarian ethics plus an assumption that no needs are more urgent than others. Here, we advocate a measure of economic development based on the degree to which the society in question has equalized opportunities for the acquisition of income. In highly developed economies, inequality of opportunity accounts for less than 10% of total inequality, while in developing economies, it accounts for over 30%.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: Equality of opportunity, Economic development
JEL Classification: O10, D63working papers series
Date posted: September 20, 2006
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