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

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 diₑrences 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.
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Jean-François Carpantier, Christelle Sapata. An ex-post view of inequality of opportunity in France and its regions. [Research Report] wpdea1211, Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona. 2012. ⟨hal-01821151⟩

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