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The Class Ceiling: Social-Origin Pay Gaps in the Higher Professional and Managerial Occupations

Title
The Class Ceiling: Social-Origin Pay Gaps in the Higher Professional and Managerial Occupations
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Daniel Laurison # London School of Economics; Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
24th Feb 2016 11:00 - 24th Feb 2016 13:00
Location
CMB - 6th floor common room
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events2/seminar_series/2015_2016/the_class_ceiling_social-origin_pay_gaps_in_the_higher_professional_and_managerial_occupations

The hidden barriers, or ‘gender pay gap’, preventing women from earning equivalent incomes to men is well documented. Yet in this talk we demonstrate that, in Britain, there is also a comparable ‘class origin pay gap’ in higher professional and managerial occupations. We find that even when those who are not from professional or managerial backgrounds are successful in entering high-status occupations, they earn sixteen percent less, on average, than those from privileged backgrounds. This class-origin pay gap translates to up to £7,350 lower annual earnings. This difference is partly explained by the upwardly mobile being employed in smaller firms and working outside London, but it remains substantial even net of a variety of important predictors of earnings. These findings illustrate how, even beyond occupational entry, the socially mobile often face a significant and previously undetected earnings “class ceiling” within high-status occupations.

Download Dr Daniel Laurison's powerpoint slides for the talk

Here's the video of the talk:

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