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Fair and Unfair Income Inequalities in Europe

Daniele Checchi (), Vito Peragine () and Laura Serlenga ()

No 5025, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper analyses the extent of income inequality and opportunity inequality in 25 European countries. The present work contributes to understanding the origin of standard income inequality, helping to identify potential institutional setups that are associated to opportunity inequality. We distinguish between ex ante and ex post opportunity inequality. We find that ex ante equality of opportunity exhibits positive correlation with public expenditure in education, whereas ex post equality of opportunity is also positively associated to union presence and to fiscal redistribution.

Keywords: inequality of opportunity; income inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 D63 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2010-06
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