Higher Education and Equality of Opportunity in Italy

35 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2007

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Vito Peragine

Università di Bari

Laura Serlenga

Università degli Studi di Bari; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Date Written: November 2007


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.

Keywords: equality of opportunity, higher education, stochastic dominance

JEL Classification: D63, I2, C14

Suggested Citation

Peragine, Vitorocco and Serlenga, Laura, Higher Education and Equality of Opportunity in Italy (November 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 3163, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1037001 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1037001

Vitorocco Peragine

Università di Bari ( email )

Piazza Cesare Battisti 1
Bari, Taranto 70121

Laura Serlenga (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi di Bari ( email )

Piazza Umberto I
Bari, 70121

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072

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