How to Equalize Opportunities

John Roemer
Publication date: 
Tue, 28 Apr 2009

A policymaker wishes to choose a policy, from a set of possible policies, that will equalize opportunities among a group of individuals for the acquisition of some desirable outcome; for example, wage-earning capacity or life expectancy.
Precisely what does it mean to equalize the opportunities that individuals in this group face for acquisition of the objective in question?