Journal article

Within-generation social mobility in Australia: The effect of returning to education on occupational status and earnings

J Chesters

Journal of Sociology | SAGE Publications | Published : 2015


The link between social origin and education is well established and, despite the expansion of tertiary education, researchers have found little evidence that increasing opportunities for postschool study have been distributed equally among different social strata. Unlike their counterparts in many other advanced economies, Australians have the opportunity to return to education at any time during the life course. The flexibility of the Australian education system and the preparedness of older Australians to return to education provide an opportunity to examine whether returning to education and graduating with a new qualification after the age of 25 is associated with achieving upward socia..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This article uses unit record data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The HILDA Project was initiated and is funded by the Australian government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR). The findings and views reported in this article, however, are those of the authors and should not be attributed to either FaHCSIA or the MIAESR.