Measurement of Inequality of Opportunity Based on Counterfactuals

52 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2015

See all articles by Dirk Van de Gaer

Dirk Van de Gaer

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Social Economics

Xavier Ramos

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

Abstract

The theoretical literature on inequality of opportunity formulates basic properties that measures of inequality of opportunity should have. Standard methods for the measurement of inequality of opportunity require the construction of counterfactual outcome distributions through statistical methods. We show that, when standard parametric procedures are used to construct the counterfactuals, the specification used determines whether the resulting measures of inequality of opportunity satisfy the basic properties.

Keywords: counterfactuals, inequality measurement, opportunities

JEL Classification: D3, D63, C1

Suggested Citation

Van de Gaer, Dirk and Ramos, Xavier, Measurement of Inequality of Opportunity Based on Counterfactuals. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9582. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2708395

Dirk Van de Gaer (Contact Author)

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

Hoveniersberg 24
Gent, 9000
Belgium

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

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
36
Abstract Views
224
PlumX Metrics