Behind the numbers: understanding how social inequalities in education and the labour market come about

This new Briefing by Cristina Iannelli, Professor of Education and Social Stratification in the University of Edinburgh, is a 6-page summary of her 2022 David Raffe Memorial Lecture. The Briefing can be accessed directly here, or via our ‘Briefings’ page, while the original lecture the Briefing is based on can be viewed here (opens in new tab).

ABSTRACT: Understanding the factors behind the persistence of social inequalities in education and the labour market is essential if we are to develop effective policies to tackle them. This Briefing presents key results from two ESRC-funded research programmes which used large-scale quantitative data to investigate the extent of social inequalities and the role of individual, family, school and area-level factors. The Briefing also points out how the current limited availability of data in Scotland is undermining researchers’ capacity to provide a strong knowledge base to inform future policy decisions.