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The economic basis of social class

By John H. Goldthorpe and Abigail McKnight


In this paper we adopt a theory of class positions based on employment relations to assess what implications individuals¿ class positions have for their economic life. In particular we consider economic security (the risk of unemployment), economic stability (the variability component in earnings) and economic prospects (lifetime earnings profiles). Our findings provide empirical support for the theory itself and little evidence for the currently fashionable claims of the decline, or even death, of class in today¿s society

Topics: HT Communities. Classes. Races, HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Publisher: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science
Year: 2004
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Provided by: LSE Research Online

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