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Education and intergenerational mobility: help or hindrance?

Blanden, Jo and Macmillan, Lindsey (2014) Education and intergenerational mobility: help or hindrance? CASEpaper, CASE/179. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Identification Number: CASE/179

Abstract

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)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/case/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
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)
Sets: Collections > CASE Social Policy in a Cold Climate
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2014 14:08
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 14:08
Projects: Social Policy in a Cold Climate
Funders: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, Trust for London
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58047

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