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Educational inequality, educational expansion and intergenerational mobility

Blanden, J and Macmillan, L (2016) Educational inequality, educational expansion and intergenerational mobility Journal of Social Policy.

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Abstract

The distribution of education by social background and the mobility prospects of society are intimately connected. To begin to predict future trends in mobility in the UK we bring together evidence on educational inequality by family background for cohorts from 1958 to 2000 for a range of educational outcomes. There is evidence that educational inequalities have narrowed among recent cohorts as the overall level of educational achievement has increased. This could be promising for mobility provided the labour market returns to these qualifications are maintained. However, stubborn inequalities by background at higher attainment levels imply that narrowing inequalities and expanding equality of opportunity throughout the educational distribution is a difficult task.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Economics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Blanden, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Macmillan, LUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 4 May 2016
Identification Number : 10.1017/S004727941600026X
Copyright Disclaimer : © Cambridge University Press 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords : Intergenerational income mobility, Education and inequality
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 25 Jul 2016 09:54
Last Modified : 25 Jul 2016 09:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811345

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