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Degrees still boost household income for women, although returns to education are diminishing

25 October 2018

Higher education has been less lucrative for women of Generation X than it was for the Baby Boomers, new research reveals.

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Degree subject matters more than university status if you want to become rich, new research shows

13 August 2018

Choosing the right field of study is more important than attending an elite university for those aiming to become top earners by middle age, according to new findings from the UCL Institute of Education.

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December/January research highlights

12 February 2018

A round-up of journal papers and other research published in December and January using CLS study data.

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International Women’s Day – we cannot take progress for granted

8 March 2017

What can cohort studies show us about gender equality? Founding Director of MCS and Emeritus Professor of Economic and Developmental Demography, Heather Joshi explains in an IOE London blogpost.

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Road to heavy drinking depends on social background, study shows

26 January 2017

Young adults from working class homes are more likely to drink heavily if they smoked during their teenage years, whereas their middle class peers start drinking excessively if they go on to higher education.

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Generations of less advantaged children face higher risk of mid-life obesity, study finds

11 January 2017

Three generations of children from less privileged homes have reached middle age at greater risk of being overweight or obese than their better-off peers, according to findings published in PLOS Medicine.

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Social inequalities – the report card

11 January 2017

How has the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) aided government understanding of the social inequalities faced by young people today?

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Subject choices at GCSE may exacerbate social inequalities, study finds

9 December 2016

Young people from less advantaged homes may limit their options for further education unnecessarily when choosing their GCSE subjects.

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Decades of educational expansion ‘had little effect on social mobility’

16 March 2016

The expansion of educational opportunities has not translated into better social mobility chances for those from less well-off families, according to findings from the 1946, 1958 and 1970 British birth cohort studies and Understanding Society.

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Less able children from affluent homes escape risk of slipping down the social ladder

27 July 2015

Children from better-off families who show lower ability at age 5 are still more likely to succeed in the labour market than their brighter peers from poorer homes, according to a new report.

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Government must set itself more challenging targets on social mobility, new research suggests

23 January 2014

Policymakers must focus on getting disadvantaged pupils’ performance above the average in order to improve social mobility, suggests a new study published by the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London.

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Grandparents influence where you are on the social ladder

1 July 2013

For the first time, a study using data from the 1946, 1958 and 1970 birth cohort studies has suggested that the position of grandparents in the British class system has a direct effect on which class their grandchildren belong to. It has long been accepted that parents’ social standing has a strong influence on children’s […]

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