Newcastle University Business School

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Socio economic inequalities in education achievement and student outcomes

Date/Time: Tuesday 28 February 2017, 17:00-18:00

Venue: Room 4.23, Newcastle University Business School

Speaker: Professor Anna Vignoles, Cambridge University

Whilst much attention has been paid to the socio-economic gap in higher education participation, far less research has investigated the extent to which graduate earnings vary by their socio-economic background.

In this research seminar, Professor Anna will present results from an analysis that  uses large scale administrative data from both the education and the tax systems to document the trajectories taken by different pupils through the school system into HE and beyond into the labour market.

She will then measure how the earnings of English graduates around 10 years into the labour market vary with the socio-economic background of the graduate. Based on a simple measure of parental income, you see that graduates from higher income families (from the top fifth of the income distribution of those enrolled in university) have median earnings which are around 25% more than those from lower income families.

This partly reflects the different subject and institution choices of students from different socio-economic backgrounds. Once control is considered for institution attended and subject chosen, this premium falls to around 10%. During this seminar we will also discuss the interpretation of these findings for policy on fair access to universities whose graduates tend to have higher earnings.

Research group: Applied Economics