Education and intergenerational social mobility: Preparation of data from the 1946 National Survey of Health and Development Birth Cohort

About the project

This British Academy Small Research Grant project was a part of the planning and development phase of a major research project into the role of education in mediating intergenerational social mobility. It was based on the datasets of three British birth cohort studies covering children born in 1946, 1958 and 1970.

Special problems arose with creating joint educational, work and social class histories, supplemented by other relevant variables. Therefore, the main aim of the Small Research Grant project was to bring the data into a form that will be suitable for the analyses to be undertaken in the major research project, and also to produce a dataset which are available for cross-cohort analyses for the wider research community. This dataset includes the following range of variables:

  • cohort members’ educational qualifications histories
  • cohort members’ employment and occupational histories
  • cohort members’ social origins (parental social class, education, and living standards)
  • cohort members’ cognitive and non-cognitive attributes in childhood.

Principal Investigator:

Erzsébet Bukodi

Co-investigators:

John Goldthorpe, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Colin Mills, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Research questions:

  1. Is the role of education in intergenerational class mobility becoming of steadily greater importance over time?
  2. What are the social processes through which education mediates the relationship between social origins and destinations?

Outputs:

Bukodi, E. and Goldthorpe, J.H. (2011) Social class returns to higher education: Chances of access to the professional and managerial salariat for men in three British birth cohorts. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 2(2).

Bukodi, E. and Goldthorpe, J.H. (2010) Social class returns to higher education: Chances of access to the professional and managerial salariat for men in three British birth cohorts. Presentation to the Higher Education and Beyond conference, 4-9 July 2010, Ascona, Switzerland.