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Wealth in the UKDistribution, Accumulation, and Policy$
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John Hills, Francesca Bastagli, Frank Cowell, Howard Glennerster, Eleni Karagiannaki, and Abigail McKnight

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199678303

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678303.001.0001

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The Wealth Effect: How Parental Wealth and own Asset-Holdings Predict Future Advantage

The Wealth Effect: How Parental Wealth and own Asset-Holdings Predict Future Advantage

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Wealth in the UK

Abigail McKnight

Eleni Karagiannaki

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between social mobility and wealth-/asset-holdings. In terms of social mobility, we look at both intra-generational mobility by looking at own-asset-holdings during early adulthood on later outcomes for employment, earnings, general health, and psychological well-being, and intergenerational mobility by looking at the impact of parental wealth on children’s adult outcomes (age 25) covering education, employment, and earnings. The results suggest strong relationships between parental wealth—particularly housing wealth—and children’s educational outcomes, and—partly through these but also through other routes—on to earnings and employment. Early asset-holding—perhaps the product of the inheritance or lifetime transfer patterns investigated in the previous chapter—is also associated with better later employment prospects and higher earnings, as well as with better later general health and psychological well-being (although patterns vary between men and women).

Keywords:   intergenerational mobility, asset effects, parental wealth, education, employment, earnings, health outcomes

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