Ex Post Inequality of Opportunity Comparisons

SERIES Working Papers N. 05/2015

27 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2015

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Marc Fleurbaey

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Vito Peragine

University of Bari

Xavier Ramos

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

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Date Written: October 2, 2015

Abstract

In this paper we propose different criteria to rank income distributions according to equality of opportunity. Different from existing ones, our criteria explicitly recognize the interplay between circumstances and effort. We characterize them axiomatically and we compare them with existing criteria; then we propose some scalar measures. We show that our ex post criteria are mostly obtained from "seemingly" ex ante properties. In the second part of the paper we apply our new criteria to measuring inequality of opportunity in Germany. We illustrate our ex-post inequality of opportunity approach based on classes by means of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) for the first decade of the 2000s.

Suggested Citation

Fleurbaey, Marc and Peragine, Vitorocco and Ramos, Xavier, Ex Post Inequality of Opportunity Comparisons (October 2, 2015). SERIES Working Papers N. 05/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2669919 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2669919

Marc Fleurbaey

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

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

Vitorocco Peragine (Contact Author)

University of Bari ( email )

Piazza Umberto I
Bari, 70121
Italy

Xavier Ramos

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

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