Equality of Opportunity: East vs. West Germany

15 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2015

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Andreas Peichl

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research; University of Mannheim - School of Economics (VWL); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Martin Ungerer

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

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Date Written: October 12, 2015

Abstract

The case of German reunification has been subject to extensive research on earnings inequality and labor market integration. however, little is known about the development of equality of opportunity (EOp) in East and West Germany after 1990. Using German micro data, we empirically analyze how circumstances beyond the sphere of individual control explain inequality in East and West Germany. Our results suggest that equal opportunities in Germany have grown since reunification. Interestingly, EOp is larger in East than in West Germany.

Keywords: Equality of Opportunity; Earnings Inequality; Germany; Family Background

JEL Classification: D63, H2, J62, J7

Suggested Citation

Peichl, Andreas and Ungerer, Martin, Equality of Opportunity: East vs. West Germany (October 12, 2015). SOEPpaper No. 798, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2698548 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2698548

Andreas Peichl (Contact Author)

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Martin Ungerer

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

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D-68034 Mannheim, 68034
Germany

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