Empirical Approaches to Inequality of Opportunity: Principles, Measures, and Evidence

43 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2012

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Xavier Ramos

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Dirk Van de Gaer

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Social Economics

Abstract

We put together the different conceptual issues involved in measuring inequality of opportunity, discuss how these concepts have been translated into computable measures, and point out the problems and choices researchers face when implementing these measures. Our analysis identifies and suggests several new possibilities to measure inequality of opportunity. The approaches are illustrated with a selective survey of the empirical literature on income inequality of opportunity.

Keywords: equality of opportunity, measurement, compensation, responsibility, effort, circumstances

JEL Classification: D3, D63

Suggested Citation

Ramos, Xavier and Van de Gaer, Dirk, Empirical Approaches to Inequality of Opportunity: Principles, Measures, and Evidence. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6672. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2096802

Xavier Ramos (Contact Author)

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ( email )

Dept. Economia Aplicada
Campus UAB
Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193
Spain

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Dirk Van de Gaer

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Social Economics ( email )

Hoveniersberg 24
Gent, 9000
Belgium

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