Harmonising earnings and income

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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

Research lead

Chris Belfield (Institute of Fiscal Studies)

Studies used

Research outputs

  • 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 materials. Not yet available – sign up to CLOSER’s email newsletters to find out when they are published.

Press releases and blogs

Papers

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.