Inequality of opportunity in comparative perspective : Recent research on educational attainment and social mobility

  title={Inequality of opportunity in comparative perspective : Recent research on educational attainment and social mobility},
  author={Richard Breen and Jan O Jonsson},
  journal={Review of Sociology},
Studies of how characteristics of the family of origin are associated with educational and labor market outcomes indicate the degree of openness of societies and have a long tradition in sociology. We review research published since 1990 into educational stratification and social (occupational or class) mobility, focusing on the importance of parental socioeconomic circumstances, and with particular emphasis on comparative studies. Large-scale data now available from many countries and several… Expand
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  • R. Breen
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • The British journal of sociology
  • 1997
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