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Developing and Refining a Social Class Schema for the European Research Area: The European Socio-economic Classification Described, Explained and Illustrated


Between 2004 and 2006 David Rose and Eric Harrison led an EU Sixth Framework project which produced a new version of the EGP social class schema for use by both academics and National Statistical Institutes across the European Union. This lecture will explain and describe the schema, known as the 'European Socio-economic Classification - ESeC'. As the lecture will demonstrate, the ESeC project produced a prototype schema that was both thoroughly validated and performed consistently well across a range of EU Member States. However, there remained a number of outstanding issues worthy of further research. These will also be discussed.

David Rose & Eric Harrison
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David Rose is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex. He was academic convener of both the European Socio-economic Classification project and the ESRC Review of Government Social Classifications which led to the development of the UK National Statistics-Socio-economic Classification. He has published widely on the topic of social class in the UK. He is an Academician of the Social Sciences.

Eric Harrison is Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys at City University London, working on the European Social Survey. He was the assistant convener of the ESeC project. His principal research interests lie in social stratification, social inequality and comparative research methodology.

25 March 2010 - 17:00