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An ex-post view of inequality of opportunity in France and its regions

Jean-François Carpantier and Christelle Sapata ()
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Christelle Sapata: Facultés Universitaires de Saint Louis

Working Papers from Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona

Abstract: This paper proposes an ex-post measure of inequality of opportunity in France and its regions by assessing the inequality between individuals exerting the same effort. To this end, we define a fair income that fulfils ex-post equality of opportunity requirements. Unfairness is measured by an unfair Gini based on the distance between the actual income and the fair income. Our findings reveal that the measures of ex-post inequality of opportunity largely vary across regions, and that this is due to di_erences in reward schemes and in the impact of the non responsibility factors of income. We find that most regions have actual incomes closer to fair incomes than to average income, excepted Ile de France where the actual income looks poorly related to effort variables. Finally, we find that income inequality and inequality of opportunity are positively correlated among regions.

Keywords: Inequality of Opportunity; Fairness; Regional Inequalities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 D63 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2012-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-ltv and nep-pbe
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