Growing up Unequal? The Origins, Dynamics and Lifecycle Consequences of Childhood Inequalities
Project manager: Kjell Salvanes
Duration: 3 years
Starting date: 01.02.2018
Over the last decades, economic and social inequalities in Europe have risen sharply along many dimensions. We propose a four-strand research program aimed at understanding these phenomena by focusing on the origins, dynamics and consequences of early inequalities in human capital accumulation in France, Norway and the UK. First, we examine the impacts of early shocks on inequalities in human capital and socio-economic outcomes at different stages of the lifecycle. Second, we assess the performance of targeted vs universal policies at reducing inequalities by socioeconomic status and gender across the three countries. Third, we analyze the role of parents in compensating and/or reinforcing children’s human capital endowments and the implications for the intergenerational transmission of inequalities. Fourth, we study the role of peers and assess the potential of simple interventions influencing social interactions between students in reducing inequalities.
NORFACE - Dynamics of Inequality during the Life Course: structures and processes (DIAL)
Core research team