IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Intergenerational transmission of advantage. Sibling similarity in education across the world

01 May 2024, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Siblings standing looking at a lake with their backs to a camera

Join this event to hear Patrick Präg discuss research on sibling correlation as a measure of society's inequality of opportunity.

This event is free.

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Tobias Ruttenauer


Room G05
55-59 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

The sibling correlation estimates the total effect of family background, or ‘social origins’, and may be interpreted as measuring a society’s inequality of opportunity. Its sensitivity to both observed and unobserved factors makes it an all-encompassing measure and an attractive choice for comparative research. 

Patrick Präg will discuss recent research on this topic, which found significantly lower sibling correlations in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark than in the US, with US correlations in the order of 0.1 – or 25% – higher. This research also presented novel sibling correlations for India, with sibling similarity considerably higher than usually observed in the literature.

This event is part of the Quantitative Social Science seminar series and will be particularly useful for those interested in social stratification, social inequality, social policy, social demography.

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About the Speaker

Patrick Präg

Patrick Präg works as an Associate Professor of Sociology at CREST/ENSAE, he is a faculty member of the Department of Economics at Institut Polytechnique de Paris, and is an associate member of Oxford University’s Nuffield College. He serves as Editor in Chief of European Societies, the flagship journal of the European Sociological Association.

Patrick does research on social stratification, social demography, health and wellbeing, and work and family reconciliation. In his work, he mostly uses quantitative methods and survey data. He has a PhD from the ICS/University of Groningen.

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