Ex Ante Versus Ex Post Equality of Opportunity

13 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2012

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Marc Fleurbaey

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Vito Peragine

Università di Bari

Date Written: January 2013

Abstract

We study the difference between the ex post and ex ante perspectives in equality of opportunity. We show that the well documented conflicts between compensation and reward are but an aspect of a broader conflict between ex ante and ex post perspectives. The literature that takes the goal of providing equal opportunities as the guiding principle generally considers that this is implemented only when, ex post, all individuals with the same effort obtain equal success. It is easy to believe that ex ante compensation is another natural embodiment of the same idea. We show that this is not true.

Suggested Citation

Fleurbaey, Marc and Peragine, Vitorocco, Ex Ante Versus Ex Post Equality of Opportunity (January 2013). Economica, Vol. 80, Issue 317, pp. 118-130, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2191341 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2012.00941.x

Marc Fleurbaey (Contact Author)

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

Vitorocco Peragine

Università di Bari ( email )

Piazza Cesare Battisti 1
Bari, Taranto 70121
Italy

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