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[Photo: Jo BLANDEN] Dr Jo BLANDEN
Research Associate - Education and Skills, Wellbeing
Room/Desk: 32L 2.08  
University of Surrey
Tel: 01483 682770
Email: j.blanden@surrey.ac.uk

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Expertise: Intergenerational mobility; impact of parental income on education; British Cohort data; the impact of free entitlement to part time nursery attendance on children's outcomes.

Biography:

Jo Blanden was a full-time researcher at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics from 2000 to 2005 and completed her PhD at UCL over this time. She joined the Department of Economics at the University of Surrey in October 2005. She is a Reader at the School of Economics at Surrey and is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE.

Current Areas of Research:

Jo's research interests lie broadly in the fields of labour and family economics. Her work with Paul Gregg and Steve Machin on 'Changes in Intergenerational Mobility in Britain' found that the relationship between family income and children's adult earnings has strengthened for those born in 1970 compared to those born in 1958. Jo's recent paper with Stephen Machin (January 2017), on 'Home Ownership and Social Mobility' found that home ownership rates have fallen rapidly. The results reinforce a picture of falling social mobility in Britain.

Jo has published work on international comparisons and on how using different measures of mobility changes conclusions. In addition she has looked at how obtaining qualifications in adulthood affects individuals' earnings. Recent work with Lindsey Macmillan seeks to understand how social mobility is affected by educational expansion. Her current projects continue to explore the topic of social mobility in the UK, with joint work with Lindsey Macmillan, Paul Gregg, Luke Sibieta and Ellen Greaves seeking to understand the impressive school performance of children in London, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

She has a research grant to look at the impact of nursery attendance on children's outcomes (with Sandra McNally and Kirstine Hansen) which is now part of a larger collaboration with Birgitta Rabe and Emilia Del Bono. This work indicates that the £2bn a year invested in part-time early education appears to have quite small educational benefits.

Education:

  • BA Economics, University of East Anglia, 1995-1998
  • MSc Economics, University College London, 1998-1999
  • PhD Economics, University College London, 2000-2005

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • University of Surrey - Reader, School of Economics

Selected Publications:

  • Blanden J, Macmillan L. (2016) 'Educational inequality, educational expansion and intergenerational mobility'. Cambridge University Press Journal of Social Policy. October 2016, Vol 45(4) pp. 589-614.

  • Blanden J, Del Bono E, McNally S, Rabe B. (2016) 'Universal pre-school education: the case of public funding with private provision'. Wiley Economic Journal, 126, pp. 682-723.

  • Blanden J, Gregg P, Macmillan L. (2013) 'Intergenerational Persistence in Income and Social Class: The Impact of Within-Group Inequality'. John Wiley and Sons Journal of Royal Statistical Society Series A: Statistics in Society, 176 (2), pp. 541-563.

CEP Publications

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CEP Discussion Paper
Quality in Early Years Settings and Children’s School Achievement Jo Blanden, Kirstine Hansen and Sandra McNally
February 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1468:
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JEL Classification: J13; I20


Tags: childcare quality; educational attainment

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CEP Discussion Paper
Home Ownership and Social Mobility Jo Blanden and Stephen Machin
January 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1466:
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JEL Classification: R31; J11; J62


Tags: housing; intergenerational mobility; cohorts

SPCC Working Paper
Understanding the improved performance of disadvantaged pupils in London Jo Blanden, Ellen Greaves, Paul Gregg, Lindsey Macmillan and Luke Sibieta
September 2015
Paper No' SPCCWP21:
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JEL Classification: I24; I28; J24


Tags: education; inequality; london; schools

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CEP Discussion Paper
Universal Pre-School Education: The Case of Public Funding with Private Provision Jo Blanden, Emilia Del Bono, Sandra McNally and Birgitta Rabe
May 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1352:
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JEL Classification: I21; I24; H44


Tags: childcare; child outcomes; publicly provided goods

SPCC Working Paper
Education and Intergenerational Mobility: Help or Hindrance? Jo Blanden and Lindsey Macmillan
January 2014
Paper No' SPCCWP08:
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JEL Classification: J13


Tags: integenerational; income; social; mobility

CASE Paper
Education and Intergenerational Mobility: Help or Hindrance? Jo Blanden and Lindsey Macmillan
January 2014
Paper No' CASE/179:
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JEL Classification: J31


Tags: intergenerational income mobility

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CEP Discussion Paper
Intergenerational Persistence in Income and Social Class: The Impact of Within-Group Inequality Jo Blanden, Paul Gregg and Lindsey Macmillan
September 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1242:
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JEL Classification: J13; J31; Z13


Tags: intergenerational income mobility; social class fluidity; income inequality

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Special Paper
Research on the Intergenerational Links in the Every Child Matters Outcomes.Report to the Department of Children, Schools and Families Jo Blanden, Stephen Machin, Richard Murphy and Emma Tominey August 2010
Paper No' CEESP05:
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Tags: every child matters; ecm; education

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Measuring the Returns to Lifelong Learning Jo Blanden, Franz Buscha, Patrick Sturgis and Peter Urwin
March 2010
Paper No' CEEDP0110:
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Tags: lifelong learning; earnings; social status

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
How Much Can We Learn from International Comparisons of Intergenerational Mobility? Jo Blanden
November 2009
Paper No' CEEDP0111:
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JEL Classification: J62; J68; D63


Tags: intergenerational mobility; public policy; inequality

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CentrePiece Article
Big ideas: intergenerational mobility Jo Blanden
March 2009
Paper No' CEPCP270:
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CentrePiece 13 (3) Winter 2009

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CentrePiece Article
A continuing downward trend in intergenerational mobility? Jo Blanden and Stephen Machin
October 2008
Paper No' CEPCP263:
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CentrePiece 13 (2) Autumn 2008

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Accounting for Intergenerational Income Persistence: Non-Cognitive Skills, Ability and Education Jo Blanden, Paul Gregg, Lindsey Macmillan and Lindsey Macmillan
September 2006
Paper No' CEEDP0073:
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JEL Classification: J62; J13; J31


Tags: intergenerational mobility; children; skills

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CEP Discussion Paper
New Survey Evidence on Recent Changes in UK Union Recognition Jo Blanden, Stephen Machin and John Van Reenen
May 2005
Paper No' CEPDP0685:
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JEL Classification: J51; K31; L25


Tags: unions; productivity; employment legislation

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CentrePiece Article
Social Mobility in Britain: Low and Falling Jo Blanden, Paul Gregg and Stephen Machin
February 2005
Paper No' CEPCP172:
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CentrePiece 10 (1) Spring 2005


More details on the research discussed here are in 'Intergenerational Mobility in Europe and North America' by Jo Blanden, Paul Gregg and Stephen Machin - a report supported by the Sutton Trust
This paper has been published as:
Jo Blanden, Paul Gregg and Stephen Machin, 'Educational Inequality and Intergenerational Mobility' in Stephen Machin and Anna Vignoles (eds.) What's the Good of Education? The Economics of Education in the UK, Princeton University Press, 2005.
CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Family Income and Educational Attainment: A Review of Approaches and Evidence for Britain Jo Blanden and Paul Gregg
September 2004
Paper No' CEEDP0041:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Cross-Generation Correlations of Union Status For Young People in Britain Jo Blanden and Stephen Machin
November 2002
Paper No' CEPDP0553:
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JEL Classification: J130;J510;C250;J620


Tags: young people; union member; union at work; relative risk ratio; intergenerational links

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CentrePiece Article
Mobility Has Fallen Jo Blanden
June 2002
Paper No' CEPCP128:
Full Paper (pdf)

CentrePiece 7 (2) Summer 2002

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CEP Discussion Paper
Changes in Intergenerational Mobility in Britain Jo Blanden, Alissa Goodman, Paul Gregg and Stephen Machin
January 2002
Paper No' CEPDP0517:
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JEL Classification: J62; I2; D31


Tags: intergenerational mobility; earnings; family income; education.