London School of Economics Centre for the Economics of Education LSE
Centre for the Economics of Education  (CEE)

Intergenerational Mobility In Education Conference

Friday 15th October 2004, 2.30-5.30pm

Venue: Centre for Economic Performance

Conference room R405, 4th Floor, 10 Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HD

This conference is the third in the current series of six conferences on the economics of education, funded by the ESRC. The topic of this conference will be intergenerational mobility in education.

Miles Corak (Statistics Canada) will examine the relationship between family income and post-secondary education participation, in order to determine the extent to which higher education in Canada has increasingly become the domain of students from well-to-do families. He analyses two separate data sets and finds that individuals from higher income families are much more likely to attend university, but that this has been a long-standing tendency and the participation gap between students from the highest and lowest income families has in fact narrowed. He explains changes in the relationship through policy changes involving student loans and tuition fees.
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Kjell Salvanes (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration) starts from the fact that parents with higher education levels have children with higher education levels, and examines why this is the case. The competing explanations are that well-educated parents are in a better position to help their children to achieve better educational outcomes themselves, or that there is not a pure causal effect of parents’ education on childrens’ education, but simply that the type of parent who gets more education, works in good jobs, earns high salaries etc is more likely to have the type of the child who also does well.
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Jo Blanden (Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics) examines these issues in an international context. One of the likely outcomes of intergenerational mobility in education is intergenerational mobility in income. She therefore considers the intergenerational income mobility of males in four countries: the United Kingdom; the United States, West Germany and Canada.
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