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Regional Disparities and Inequality of Opportunity: The Case of Italy

Daniele Checchi () and Vito Peragine ()

No 1874, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: In this paper we provide a new methodology to measure opportunity inequality and to decompose overall inequality in an "ethically offensive" and an "ethically acceptable" part. Moreover, we provide some empirical applications of these new evaluation tools: in the first exercise, we compare the income distributions of South and North of Italy on the basis of a measure of opportunity inequality. Then, we repeat the exercise using the cognitive abilities in a sample of 15-year old students. In both circumstances we find that the less developed regions in the South are characterized by greater incidence of inequality of opportunity.

Keywords: justice; education; equality of opportunity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2005-12
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Published as 'Inequality of opportunity in Italy' in: Journal of Economic Inequality, 2010, 8 (4), 429-450

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