Equality of opportunity depends upon equality of outcome
July 17, 2012 Leave a comment
Really interesting post/chart from Dylan Matthews at Wonkblog:
Now, obviously this correlation isn’t perfect, and the countries below the regression line have figured out how to have more social mobility than their Gini coefficient would suggest. What’s more, Krueger’s numbers have encountered some criticism (which, in my humble opinion, is unfounded). But the fact remains that every country with substantially more mobility than the U.S. is more equal in terms of outcomes as well. [emphasis mine]. The distinction between equality of outcomes and opportunity has some theoretical appeal, but in practice, you get both or neither.