The Journal of Economic Inequality

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 5–24

Generalized Gini Indices of Equality of Opportunity

  • John A. Weymark

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023923807503

Cite this article as:
Weymark, J.A. The Journal of Economic Inequality (2003) 1: 5. doi:10.1023/A:1023923807503


This article considers the ranking of profiles of opportunity sets on the basis of their equality. A version of the Pigou–Dalton transfer principle that is appropriate for the measurement of opportunity inequality is introduced and used to axiomatize the class of generalized Gini equality of opportunity orderings. A characterization of the class of generalized Gini social preference orderings for opportunity profiles is also provided.

equityequality of opportunityGiniinequality measurementopportunity sets

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Weymark
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  1. 1.Department of EconomicsVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleU.S.A.