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|Title:||Human Capital and Social Position in Britain: Creating a Measure of Wage-Earning Potential from BHPS Data, 1991-2004|
|Series:||British Household Panel Survey [British Household Panel Survey, 1991-2009]|
|Depositor:||Gershuny, J.I., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research|
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
Economic and Social Research Council
|Grant number:||RES-225-25-2001; RES-518-28-5001|
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Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.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.
The dataset includes a cross-wave case identifier from the BHPS, wage estimate data, Mean Occupation Wage (MOW) score and Essex Score data.
|Dates of fieldwork:||1991 - 2004|
No spatial unit
|Kind of data:||
Individual (micro) level
Respondents to the BHPS Waves 1-13, between 1991 and 2004
Data are taken from the longitudinal BHPS series
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|
|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|
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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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