Childhood experiences, educational attainment and adult labour market performance

Paul Gregg and Stephen Machin

in Child well-being, child poverty and child policy in modern nations (Revised 2nd Edition)

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301738 | DOI:
Childhood experiences, educational attainment and adult labour market performance

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This chapter looks at what can be said about the kinds of associations between childhood factors and adult earnings, by drawing on the data from two British birth cohorts were born sometime in March 1958 and in April 1970. These data sources are unique, in the sense that they followed the cohort members from birth, throughout the childhood years, and into adulthood. A short discussion of estimates on the extent of intergenerational mobility based on data from the two cohorts is provided first. This is followed by a summary of the earlier findings about the connections between childhood factors and adult outcomes. The next section tries to determine any evidence of an intergenerational spillover. The chapter ends with a BCS70 comparison with the National Child Development Study, while focusing on the associations with child poverty.

Keywords: childhood factors; adult earnings; birth cohorts; intergenerational mobility; intergenerational spillover; BCS70 comparison; Child Development Study

Chapter.  6715 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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