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Rising Educational Attainment and Opportunity Equalization: Evidence from France

Francesco Andreoli (), Arnaud Lefranc and Vincenzo Prete

A chapter in Inequality, Redistribution and Mobility, 2020, vol. 28, pp 123-149 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract Educational policies are widely recognized as the means par excellence to equalize opportunities among children with different social and family backgrounds and to promote intergenerational mobility. In this chapter, we focus on the French case and we apply the opportunity equalization criterion proposed by Andreoli, Havnes, and Lefranc (2019) for evaluating the effect of rising compulsory schooling requirements in secondary education. Our results show that such education expansion has a limited redistributive effect on students’ earnings distribution. Nonetheless, we provide evidence of opportunity equalization among groups of students defined by family background circumstances.

Keywords: Equality of opportunity; education; inverse stochastic dominance; economic distance; income distribution; policy evaluation; D63; J62; C14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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