Inequality of Opportunity in Brazil: A Corrigendum

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Francois Bourguignon

Paris School of Economics

Francisco H. G. Ferreira

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Marta Menéndez

Université Paris Dauphine - UMR DIAL

Date Written: September 2013

Abstract

This note acknowledges and corrects a programming error in our paper “Inequality of Opportunity in Brazil” (Review of Income and Wealth, 53(4), 585–618, 2007). Once the error is corrected, our bounds approach to the identification of individual model parameters in the presence of omitted variable biases is much less useful than indicated in the original paper. In the specific context of the measurement of inequality of opportunity, this implies that the decomposition of overall inequality of opportunity into direct and indirect effects is not reliable. However, the parametric approach introduced in our paper remains useful for obtaining a lower‐bound estimate of overall ex‐ante inequality of opportunity, as proposed by Ferreira and Gignoux (2011).

Keywords: Brazil, inequality of opportunities, omitted variable bias

JEL Classification: D31, D63

Suggested Citation

Bourguignon, François and Ferreira, Francisco H. G. and Menéndez, Marta, Inequality of Opportunity in Brazil: A Corrigendum (September 2013). Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 59, Issue 3, pp. 551-555, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2306449 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12045

François Bourguignon (Contact Author)

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Marta Menéndez

Université Paris Dauphine - UMR DIAL

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