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Graduates who went to private schools earn more

Graduates who went to private schools earn substantially more than those who went to state schools. Part of that difference is explained by the fact that, on average, they attend more prestigious universities and study subjects which tend to be more highly rewarded. But new research shows that even amongst graduates who went to the same university to study the same subject and who left with the same degree class, those who went to private schools still earn 7% more, on average, 3.5 years after graduation than their state-educated contemporaries.

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Child development and policy interventions

IFS is holding an event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014. Researchers will present on whether and how policy interventions affecting the early childhood environment influence child development in the early years and will draw upon on research conducted in developing and developed country contexts including Colombia, the UK and Netherlands.

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IFS Autumn Statement analysis

The Autumn Statement 2014 will be made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on Wednesday 3 December. IFS researchers will present their analysis at a briefing the following day, Thursday 4 December.

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