by: Ricardo Paes de Barros, Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Jose R Molinas Vega, Jaime Saavedra Chanduvi
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Equality of opportunity is about leveling the playing field so that
circumstances such as gender, ethnicity, place of birth, or family
background do not influence a person’s life chances. Success in
life should depend on people’s choices, effort and talents, not
to their circumstances at birth. Measuring Inequality of
Opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean introduces new
methods for measuring inequality of opportunities and makes an
assessment of its evolution in Latin America over a decade.
An innovative Human Opportunity Index and other parametric and
non-parametric techniques are presented for quantifying inequality
based on circumstances exogenous to individual efforts. These methods
are applied to gauge inequality of opportunities in access to basic
services for children, learning achievement for youth, and income and
consumption for adults.
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