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Keywords:

  • D63;
  • E24;
  • O15;
  • O40
  • Inequality of Opportunity;
  • EU-SILC database;
  • circumstances;
  • Europe

Using the EU-SILC database, we estimate and compare the Inequality of Opportunity (IO) of 23 European countries in 2005. IO is estimated as the between-type (ex-ante) inequality component following the parametric procedure of Ferreira and Gignoux (2011), which allows for the inclusion of the large set of circumstances in the database. We also measure the degree of correlation between IO estimates and a set of past and contemporaneous economic factors related to the degree of development, labor market performance, investment in human capital, and social protection spending.