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Family Background and University SuccessDifferences in Higher Education Access and Outcomes in England$
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Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden, John Micklewright, and Anna Vignoles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689132

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689132.001.0001

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Do Socio-Economic Differences Persist Beyond University?

Do Socio-Economic Differences Persist Beyond University?

(p.127) 8 Do Socio-Economic Differences Persist Beyond University?
Family Background and University Success

Claire Crawford

Lorraine Dearden

John Micklewright

Anna Vignoles

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 looks at the relationship between family background and success after leaving university, measured in terms of labour market outcomes such as earnings. It shows that there are significant differences in these outcomes for students from different socio-economic backgrounds. These differences are present even amongst students with the same prior attainment in school, attending the same universities, studying the same subjects and who graduated with the same degree classes. The chapter also highlights that while young people from poorer backgrounds seem to benefit less from a given university experience than their richer peers, they still reap substantial rewards from going to university.

Keywords:   Graduates, earnings, labour market success, England, family background

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