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Educational Inequality, Educational Expansion and Intergenerational Mobility

Blanden, Jo; MacMillan, Lindsey; (2016) Educational Inequality, Educational Expansion and Intergenerational Mobility. Journal of Social Policy , 45 (4) pp. 589-614. 10.1017/S004727941600026X. Green open access

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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.

Type: Article
Title: Educational Inequality, Educational Expansion and Intergenerational Mobility
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S004727941600026X
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S004727941600026X
Language: English
Additional information: © Cambridge University Press 2016
Keywords: Intergenerational income mobility, education and inequality
UCL classification: UCL
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 - 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
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1503905
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