To what extent is our social and economic position influenced by that of our parents, and how much can be shaped by factors such as education, labour markets, welfare and health policies?

Data from the European Social Survey (ESS), which has taken place biennially since 2002, is providing new insights for researchers trying to identify what influences social mobility, and enabling comparison between 32 European countries.

Erzsébet Bukodi and Marii Paskov will discuss their analysis of the ESS data and of the societal conditions for the cohorts being studied in their project, which seeks ultimately to explain why countries differ when it comes to social mobility.

About the speakers

Erzsébet Bukodi is an Associate Professor in Quantitative Social Policy and Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School. Erzsébet previously worked as Research Director of the National Child Development Study and the 1970 British Cohort Study in the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London. Prior to this, she was a senior research fellow in the Department of Sociology, University of Bamberg, Germany, a Max Weber Post-doctoral Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, and was Head of Section of Social Stratification in the Department of Social Statistics of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office, Budapest.

She is currently a Principle Investigator of an ESRC research project on the role of education in intergenerational social mobility in the UK, a University of Oxford Fell Fund project on changing role of social origins in educational attainment in Europe from a historical and comparative perspective and a Nuffield Foundation project on social origins, cognitive ability and educational attainment from a birth cohort and life-course perspective.

Marii Paskpv

Marii Paskov is a sociologist and Research Officer at the Institute of New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School. She is engaged in the Employment, Equity and Growth Programme focusing on inequality and living standards and working on the Oxford Martin Programme on Inequality and Prosperity. She is also affiliated to the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. Previously she has worked at the University of Amsterdam and the Institute of International and Social Studies at Tallinn University.

She specialises in quantitative research focusing on socio-economic inequality, living standards, intergenerational social mobility, and social policy analysis. Currently her core research projects are on social mobility, economic burdens and human well-being.


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