Schooling and unequal outcomes in youth and adulthood

Background

This major ESRC project addressed the role of schooling in determining educational attainment, occupational outcomes and social mobility.

Research details

Project title

Schooling and unequal outcomes in youth and adulthood

Project lead

Alice Sullivan

Themes

Education

Employment, income and wealth

Social mobility

Dates

October 2013 – July 2017

Funder

ESRC

Summary

This major ESRC project addressed the role of schooling in determining educational attainment, occupational outcomes and social mobility.

A key aim of the project was to repair the BCS70 1986 school data via both retrospective and administrative information, and to input previously unavailable cognitive scores from 1986. These variables are now available via the UK Data Service.

 

Featured scientific publications

Sullivan, A., Parsons, S., Green, F., Wiggins, R.D., Ploubidis, G., Huynh, T. (2018)
Educational attainment in the short and long term: was there an advantage to attending faith, private and selective schools for pupils in the 1980s?
Oxford Review of Education
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Sullivan, A., Parsons, S., Green, F., Wiggins, R., Ploubidis, G. (2018)
Elite universities, fields of study and top salaries: Which degree will make you rich?
British Educational Research Journal Volume 44, Issue 4, Pages 663-680 2018
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Green, F., Parsons, S., Sullivan, A. and Wiggins, R. (2017)
Dreaming big: Self-evaluations, aspirations, high-valued social networks, and the private school earnings premium.
Cambridge Journal of Economics, Volume 42, Issue 3, Pages 757–778, 2017
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Parsons, S., Green, F., Ploubidis, G.B., Sullivan, A., Wiggins, R.D. (2017)
The influence of private primary schooling on children's learning: Evidence from three generations of children living in the UK
British Educational Research Journal, Volume 43, Issue 5, 2017
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Sullivan, A., Parsons, S., Green, F., Wiggins, R.D., Ploubidis, G.B. (2017)
The path from social origins to top jobs: social reproduction via education
The British Journal of Sociology, 2017
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Parsons, S.
Childhood cognition in the 1970 British Cohort Study
CLS Date Note, 2014
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Sullivan, A., Parsons, S., Wiggins, R., Heath, A. & Green, F. (2014)
Social origins, school type and higher education destinations
Oxford Review of Education, Volume 40, Issue 6, 2014.
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Parsons, S., Green, F., Sullivan, A., Wiggins, D. (2016)
Higher Education and Occupational Returns: do returns vary according to students’ social origins?
Report to UUK and CLS working paper 2016/3. London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies.
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Researchers

Alice Sullivan Professor of Sociology and Principal Investigator of 1970 British Cohort Study

Phone: 020 7612 6661
Email: alice.sullivan@ucl.ac.uk

Alice leads the team responsible for developing the content, design and analysis of the 1970 British Cohort Study.  Her research interests are focussed on social and educational inequalities and the intergenerational transmission of advantage and disadvantage.

Francis Green UCL Institute of Education

Sam Parsons Research Fellow

Phone: 020 7612 6882
Email: sam.parsons@ucl.ac.uk

Sam has a long history of producing research based on the British Birth Cohorts, from the antecedents and consequences of poor basic skills in adult life, to more recent research focusing on poorer outcomes for children with Special Education Needs, the gendered occupational occupations of teenagers and the long-term advantages for men and women who attended a private school and/or an elite university.

George Ploubidis Professor of Population Health and Statistics, Research Director & Chief Statistician

Phone: 020 7612 6107
Email: g.ploubidis@ucl.ac.uk

George is Professor of Population Health and Statistics at the Department of Social Science and currently holds the posts of Research Director and Chief Statistician at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies. Prior to joining UCL he held posts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Cambridge.

George is a multidisciplinary Quantitative Social Scientist with a primary interest in socio-economic, demographic and macrosocial/structural determinants of population health and the mechanisms that link these over the life course. He leads the Applied Statistical Methods programme at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and is PI on the ESRC funded Cross-Cohort Research Programme,investigating determinants of healthy behaviours and lifestyles and the intergenerational transmission of economic status over the life course.

Dick Wiggins Professor of Quantitative Social Science

Phone: 020 7911 5411
Email: d.wiggins@ucl.ac.uk

Dick’s current research interests include the impact of fee-pay schooling on adult outcomes and voting, the measurement of subjective well-being (https://casp19.com) as well as patterns of consent in response to requests to link survey and administrative data.

He is committed to the value of life course research and methodological rigour notably, strategies to handling missing data, structural equation modelling and data visualization.

His teaching covers undergraduate and postgraduate learning in societal change, sampling and deciphering complex analyses.

Relevant studies

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