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Selective schooling and social mobility in England

Buscha, Franz, Gorman, Emma and Sturgis, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-1180-3493 (2023) Selective schooling and social mobility in England. Labour Economics, 81. ISSN 0927-5371

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Identification Number: /10.1016/j.labeco.2023.102336


We assess whether changing from an academically selective to a comprehensive schooling system promotes social mobility, using England as a case study. Over a period of two decades, the share of pupils in academically selective schools in England declined sharply and differentially by area. Using a sample of census records matched to data on selective schooling, we exploit temporal and geographic variation in the proportion of pupils attending selective schools to estimate the effects of schooling system on intergenerational social mobility. Our results provide no support for the contention that the move from selective to comprehensive schooling had a notable effect on social mobility in England. The findings are robust to a battery of sensitivity and robustness checks.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 Elsevier.
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: L Education
H Social Sciences
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I28 - Government Policy
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I21 - Analysis of Education
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J18 - Public Policy
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2023 09:54
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2024 19:00

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