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Private Benefits? External Benefits? Outcomes of Private Schooling in 21st Century Britain

Green, G; Anders, J; Henderson, M; Henseke, G; (2019) Private Benefits? External Benefits? Outcomes of Private Schooling in 21st Century Britain. Journal of Social Policy 10.1017/S0047279419000710. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Policy discourse surrounding Britain’s unusually well-resourced private schools surrounds their charitable status and their relationship with low social mobility, but informative evidence is scarce. We present estimates of the extent to which private and external benefits at age 25 are associated with attendance at private school in England in the 21st century. We find a weekly wage premium of 17 percent, and a 12 percentage point lower chance of downward social mobility. By contrast, private schooling is not significantly associated with participation in local voluntary groups, unpaid voluntary work, or charitable giving and fundraising; this finding casts doubt on claims that private schools deliver ‘public benefit’ in this way.

Type: Article
Title: Private Benefits? External Benefits? Outcomes of Private Schooling in 21st Century Britain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0047279419000710
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279419000710
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: private school, social mobility, charity, volunteering, trust, wages
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership > Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10077925
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