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Sam Friedman & Daniel Laurison - The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Uris Hall, G08
Central Campus

Drawing on data from Britain’s largest employment survey, The Labour Force Survey, Friedman and Laurison's initial work has demonstrated that a powerful “class pay gap” exists in both Britain’s elite occupations and in "the professions" more broadly. In higher managerial and professional occupations, for example, those from working-class backgrounds earn on average 16% less than those from privileged backgrounds. Significantly, this gap persists even when we compare individuals who have the same education, occupation and level of experience. Friedman and Laurison's work has gone on to show how this earnings inequality is concentrated in certain occupations - such as finance and accountancy - in certain places - such as Central London - and how it is particularly acute among the most senior tiers of management. We also show how the class ceiling intersects with the glass ceiling; women and ethnic minorities from working-class backgrounds face a clear "double disadvantage" in terms of earnings. 

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Center for the Study of Inequality


cascal, soccal, csical, cashum



#inequality, economics

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Sam Friedman & Daniel Laurison

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London School of Economics, Swarthmore College

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