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CentrePiece Article
In brief...Big city, bright future: why birthplace matters so much
Clément Bosquet and Henry Overman
November 2019
Paper No' CEPCP567:
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CentrePiece 24 (3) Autumn 2019


JEL Classification: J61; J62; R23; J31


Tags: place of birth; spatial sorting; lifetime mobility

How much does where you were born influence your future earnings? Analysing data from the British Household Panel Survey, Clément Bosquet and Henry Overman reveal that, on average, someone born in London in the 1970s earns 6.6% more than someone born in Manchester and 9.3% more than someone born in Liverpool.

This article summarises 'Why Does Birthplace Matter So Much?' by Clément Bosquet and Henry Overman, published in the Journal of Urban Economics 110: 26-34 in 2019; an earlier version is available as SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper No. 190