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Human Capital and Social Position in Britain: Creating a Measure of Wage-Earning Potential from BHPS Data, 1991-2004

Title details

SN: 5354
Title: Human Capital and Social Position in Britain: Creating a Measure of Wage-Earning Potential from BHPS Data, 1991-2004
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5354-1
Series: British Household Panel Survey [British Household Panel Survey, 1991-2009]
Depositor: Gershuny, J.I., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Principal investigator(s): Gershuny, J.I., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Kan, M.Y., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Original data producer(s): University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: RES-225-25-2001; RES-518-28-5001

Citation

The citation for this study is:

Gershuny, J.I., Kan, M.Y. (2006). Human Capital and Social Position in Britain: Creating a Measure of Wage-Earning Potential from BHPS Data, 1991-2004. [data collection]. University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research, [original data producer(s)]. UK Data Service. SN: 5354, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5354-1

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Subject Categories

General - Employment and labour
Social and occupational mobility - Social stratification and groupings

Abstract

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This study developed a continuously-scaled indicator of social position (the 'Essex Score'), which was estimated as individuals' potential wages in the labour market. The Essex Score was designed as a tool to investigate patterns of differentiation in life chances. It was constructed based on individuals' educational qualifications, recent experience in employment and non-employment, and occupational attainment, using data from the first 13 waves of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), which ran from 1991-2009, and also from the associated British Household Panel Survey Combined Work-Life History Data, 1990-2003 study - see the BHPS series webpage.

The Essex Score represents those embodied economic resources salient to individuals' participation in the labour market, equivalent to 'human capital' in economic literature, and sometimes indicated by social class categories in sociological research. It has advantages over other social class measures: being based on educational levels and on degrees of present and past attachment to the labour market, as well as on present or previous occupational membership, it covers the entire adult population irrespective of their employment status and employment history. Its continuous-level measurement also allows aggregation of scores from an individual to a household level, as well as the sensitive investigation of the determinants and consequences of changes in social position during the life course.

Main Topics:
The dataset includes a cross-wave case identifier from the BHPS, wage estimate data, Mean Occupation Wage (MOW) score and Essex Score data.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 1991 - 2004
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Respondents to the BHPS Waves 1-13, between 1991 and 2004
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Data are taken from the longitudinal BHPS series
Sampling procedures: See documentation for details
Number of units: 29,100 cases
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
the original BHPS interviews were conducted face-to-face
Weighting: Weighting used for main BHPS. See BHPS documentation for details

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 11 May 2006
Copyright: Copyright M. Y. Kan and J. Gershuny. Copyright of the original BHPS data rests with the Institute for Social and Economic Research
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
User Guide 5354userguide.pdf 98
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5354_Information.htm 6
READ File read5354.htm 10
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By principal investigator(s):
Kan, M. Y. and Gershuny, J. (2006) Human capital and social position in Britain: creating a measure of wage-earning potential from BHPS data, ISER Working Paper 2006-03, Colchester: Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex .

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