University of Surrey, and LSE, UK, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Author, Subject Editor
Senior Lecturer in Economics and Deputy Research Director, Department of Economics, University of Surrey, UK
Intergenerational mobility, early education
PhD Economics, University College London, 2005
“Intergenerational persistence in income and social class: The impact of within-group inequality.” Journal of Royal Statistical Society Series A 176:2 (2013): 541–563 (with P. Gregg and L. Macmillan).
“Intergenerational mobility in the United States and Great Britain: A comparative study of parent–child pathways.” Review of Income and Wealth 60 (2014): 425–449 (with R. Haveman, T. Smeeding, and K. Wilson).
“Measuring the returns to lifelong learning.” Economics of Education Review 31:4 (2012): 501–514 (with F. Buscha, P. Sturgis, and P. Urwin).
“Cross-national rankings of intergenerational mobility: A comparison of approaches from economics and sociology.” Journal of Economic Surveys 27:1 (2013): 38–73.
“Accounting for intergenerational persistence: Noncognitive skills, ability and education.” Economic Journal Conference Volume 117:519 (2007): C43-C60 (with L. Macmillan and P. Gregg).
Measures of intergenerational persistence can be indicative of equality of opportunity, but the relationship is not clear-cutJo Blanden, January 2019A strong association between incomes across generations—with children from poor families likely to be poor as adults—is frequently considered an indicator of insufficient equality of opportunity. Studies of such “intergenerational persistence,” or lack of intergenerational mobility, measure the strength of the relationship between parents’ socio-economic status and that of their children as adults. However, the association between equality of opportunity and common measures of intergenerational persistence is not as clear-cut as is often assumed. To aid interpretation researchers often compare measures across time and space but must recognize that reliable measurement requires overcoming important data and methodological difficulties.MoreLess