Notes: The authors greatly acknowledge the financial support of the Fundación Ramón Areces. We are grateful to the referees for very helpful comments and suggestions. We also acknowledge the helpful comments offered by Antonio Ciccone, Caterina Calsamiglia, Juan Prieto-Rodríguez, and participants at the Fedea Annual Monograph Conference Talent, Effort and Social Mobility (Barcelona, 2010), the XIII Encuentro de Economía Aplicada held in Sevilla and the seminar Inequality of Opportunity and Growth held in the Universidad de Barcelona (Barcelona). Finally, we thank Elijah Baley, Nidia García, and Evaristo Rodríguez for their research assistance. Marrero and Rodriguez have also benefitted from some research assistance support provided by the Spanish Ministry through projects ECO2009-10398 and ECO2010-17590, respectively. The usual disclaimer applies.
Inequality of Opportunity in Europe
Version of Record online: 4 APR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Review of Income and Wealth © International Association for Research in Income and Wealth 2012
Review of Income and Wealth
Volume 58, Issue 4, pages 597–621, December 2012
How to Cite
Marrero, G. A. and Rodríguez, J. G. (2012), Inequality of Opportunity in Europe. Review of Income and Wealth, 58: 597–621. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4991.2012.00496.x
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- Inequality of Opportunity;
- EU-SILC database;
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.