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Mobility and Long term Equality of Opportunity

Flaviana Palmisano

No 35, SERIES from Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza - Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro"

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to propose a methodology for evaluating long-term income distributions according to the equality of opportunity principle; we propose partial and complete rankings of long term income distributions and show the relationship between the inequality of oppor- tunity in the single periods of time and inequality of opportunity in the long run. We show that this relationship can be interpreted in terms of intragenerational mobility. In general, it is possible to state that mobility can act as an equalizer of opportunities when the accounting period is extended.

Keywords: Equality of opportunity; income mobility; inequality; social welfare (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D71 D91 I32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-02, Revised 2011-02
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