SOCIAL ORIGIN, EDUCATION AND OCCUPATION IN GEORGIA

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  • Alexi Gugushvili

Abstract

Usingdata from the Generations and Gender Surveyfor the cohorts born from 1926 to 1985in Georgia, and the linear probability models of higher educational and ISCO 1-2 occupational attainment, I find the largeascriptive inequalitiesoflife chances,which especially intensifiedfor those born in 1976-85. Having parents with the lower socio-economic statusnegatively and significantly associates with life prospects.Althoughtertiary educationserves mainly as the mediator ofsocial origin, the latter also exerts a direct effect on the occupational attainment. One of the reasonswhy the inequalities in life chances haveincreasedinrecent decades is the growing gap betweeneducational expansion andoccupational upgrade and the resultant inflation of credentials.

Author Biography

Alexi Gugushvili

AlexiGugushvili is a doctoral researcher in the Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. He holds MSc in Policy Studies from the University of Edinburgh and has been a Hansard Research Scholar at the London School of Economics and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Before joining the EUI, Alexi worked for various governmental and civil society organisations, including the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority of the UK Department for Work and Pensions, and taught courses in Social Policy and Econometrics in several universities in Georgia. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, his primary research interests include welfare perceptions, emigration intentions, and social stratification. Alexi has published on life course, social class, material deprivation, labour market, poverty, welfare research framework and has authored and co-authored a number of reports for the Government of Georgia, UNDP, and European Training Foundation. Lately, he has also been an expert for the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship and the Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

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2013-07-22

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