ERIC Number: ED123285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
On the Assessment of Income Distribution: A Comment on the Secretariat Papers.
Kravis, Irving B.
An assessment of three other conference papers summarizing knowledge of the inequalities in the distribution of personal income, education, and educational opportunities leads to fundamental questions about the appropriate framework and goals of public policy in the field of education, inequality, and life chances. Without a clear perception of the targets and instruments of public policy, the adequacy of statistical knowledge cannot be evaluated nor necessary improvements suggested. In this comment, some of the issues relevant to these matters are outlined. Also, the state of knowledge about the distribution of income is reviewed and extended. Policy issues about distributional objectives based on data about income distribution are raised. The focus throughout the paper is on income distribution since this is, to an important degree, the focus of the policy objectives considered in the conference of which this paper is a part. If, as seems likely, distributional issues will play a larger role in public policy, priority should be given in official statistical work in each country to the development of distributions of what we have called market and social income. The agenda for research should also include efforts to determine how much equality is optimal for a given country. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Conference Reports, Economic Opportunities, Educational Opportunities, Environmental Influences, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Income, Low Income, Low Income Groups, Public Policy, Review (Reexamination), Social Influences, Social Mobility, Sociocultural Patterns, Socioeconomic Status, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Bias
Not available separately; see ED 117 259
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).