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Those born in early ‘80s have about half the wealth that those born in ‘70s had at same age

| Press Release

In their early 30s, people born in the early 1980s have average (median) net household wealth of £27,000 per adult - about half the median wealth that those born in the 1970s had at around the same age (£53,000).

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Can grammar schools improve social mobility?

| Observations

Today, the Secretary of State for Education is due to outline proposals that would allow an expansion of grammar schools across England. This could represent a significant shift in the education system in England. As ever there would be costs and benefits to such a change. It does appear that those who attend grammar schools do, on average, somewhat better than similar children in the comprehensive system. On the other hand, those in selective areas who don’t get into grammar schools do worse than they would in a comprehensive system. The real question for education is whether we can have the benefits without the costs. Do London schools point the way forward?

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IFS analysis of today’s public finance figures: February 2016

| Public Finance Press Releases

Today the Office for National Statistics and HM Treasury published Public Sector Finances January 2016. We now have details of central government receipts, central government spending, public sector net investment, borrowing and debt for the first ten months of financial year 2015−16.

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