Robust Cross-country Analysis of Inequality of Opportunity

Authors: Francesco Andreoli, Alessio Fusco,
Series: Issue: 05 2019
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International rankings of countries based on inequality of opportunity indices may not be robust vis-à-vis the specific metric adopted to measure opportunities. Indices often aggregate relevant information and neglect to control for normatively irrelevant distributional factors. This paper shows that gap curves can be estimated from crosssectional data and adopted to test hypotheses about robust cross-country comparisons of (in)equality of opportunity.