About the research
This project investigated how families transfer wealth and advantage across generations by harmonising measures of earnings and income in four CLOSER studies, to allow comparisons within the same study over time and comparisons between different studies. Different surveys have adopted very different approaches to measuring individual or household income, making it difficult to compare different generations.
The project team used the harmonised measures to assess the relationship between net family income in two generations across two cohort studies. They also examined how the returns (or benefits) from education can change across a person’s lifetime, and vary across cohorts. This dataset can provide evidence about intergenerational income persistence, and help to show how social mobility is changing over time.
Chris Belfield (Institute of Fiscal Studies)
- 1958 National Child Development Survey
- 1970 British Cohort Study
- Millennium Cohort Study
- MRC National Survey of Health and Development
- A dataset containing harmonised variables of earnings and income from four cohort studies. Not yet available – sign up to CLOSER’s email newsletters to find out when they are published.
- Teaching datasets and materialsNot yet available – sign up to CLOSER’s email newsletters to find out when they are published.
Press releases and blogs
- Men from poor backgrounds have lower earnings and are twice as likely to be single as those from rich families
Belfield C, Crawford C, Greaves E, Gregg P, Macmillan L. Intergenerational income persistence within families. Available from: https://www.ifs.org.uk/uploads/publications/wps/WP201711.pdf [Accessed 9th February 2017].
Read about other CLOSER data harmonisation projects.