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Education and intergenerational mobility: help or hindrance?

The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) (2014) Education and intergenerational mobility: help or hindrance? Social policy in a cold climate working paper (SPCCWP08). Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London, UK.

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Evidence on intergenerational income mobility in the UK is dated. This paper seeks to update our knowledge by introducing new estimates of mobility for later measures of earnings in the 1958 and 1970 birth cohorts. Given poor or non-existent data on more recent cohorts we adopt an indirect approach to assessing more recent mobility trends. This exploits the close link between income persistence across generations and the gap in educational achievement by family background (referred to as educational inequality). We gather a comprehensive set of data which measures educational inequality for different cohorts at different points in the education system. We conclude that educational inequality has declined for cohorts born after 1980, and this is associated with rising average educational achievement. In contrast, evidence on high attainment does not reveal that educational inequality has declined; this suggests that policy seeking to promote equality of opportunity should encourage students to aim high.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: STICERD
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2014 11:01
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:02
Projects: Social Policy in a Cold Climate
Funders: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, Trust for London

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