Inequality of Opportunity, Income Inequality and Economic Mobility

Working Paper 2013-284


Despite a recent surge in the number of studies attempting to measure inequality of opportunity in various countries, methodological differences have so far prevented meaningful international comparisons. This paper presents a comparison of ex-ante measures of inequality of economic opportunity (IEO) across 41 countries, and of the Human Opportunity Index (HOI) for 39 countries. It also examines international correlations between these indices and output per capita, income inequality, and

Authors: Paolo Brunori, Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Vito Peragine.

Keywords: Equality of opportunity, income inequality, social mobility.
JEL: D71, D9, I32.