Tina Rampino - An international comparison of subjective perceptions of inequality of opportunity

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Title: An international comparison of subjective perceptions of inequality of opportunity

Abstract: In this paper we explore possible determinants of circumstance-specific perceptions of inequality of opportunity (IOpP) and how these relate to circumstance-specific measures of inequality of opportunity (IOp) for Australia and Europe. Our perceptions refer to family wealth, parental education, race and gender and are available from the 2009 International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) module on Social Inequality. Our circumstance-specific measures of IOp refer to parental occupation, parental education, being first or second generation migrant and gender, and are obtained by Shapley-value decomposition of total IOp country estimates, using data from the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC, 2011) and the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey (HILDA, 2010). Results from multi-level modelling suggest that circumstance-specific IOp measures are informing respondents’ perceptions related to family wealth, parental education and gender but not those related to race, even though the latter is a prominent and easily detectable individual characteristic.

Presenter: Dr Tina Rampino, ISSR, University of Queensland

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