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A Researcher's Guide to the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification
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A Researcher's Guide to the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification

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July 2003 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This book is well referenced, excellently produced, and deserves wide consultation' - International Journal of Market Research

'Health researchers in the US and globally would do well to study this book and consider its implications for monitoring and analyzing socioeconomic inequalities in health within and across diverse countries' - Journal of Public Health Policy

As a result of a review conducted by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), both previous government social classifications, Social Class based on Occupation and Socio-economic Groups, were replaced in 2001 by a new classification, the National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification (NS-SEC). This book arises from original research, including primary data collection, undertaken by ESRC for ONS. There is a foreword from Gordon Marshall the Chief Executive of the ESRC.

This book introduces researchers to all aspects of the new classification. In particular, it:

- Fully describes the NS-SEC and elucidates its conceptual basis

- Guides readers in how the NS-SEC has been validated as a measure

- Evaluates how well NS-SEC works in describing and explaining the relationships between social class and key health and employment variables

- Demonstrates the applications of NS-SEC in research

The book will be required reading for all users of government social classifications. Its contents will also be of interest to sociologists concerned with the study of social inequality and courses in health inequality. Because of its inherent methodological interest the book will also be relevant to third year undergraduate and graduate courses that discuss how social scientists construct and validate basic measures.


 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO THE NATIONAL STATISTICS SOCIO-ECONOMIC CLASSIFICATION
David Rose and David J Pevalin
The NS-SEC Described
David Rose and David J Pevalin
The NS-SEC Explained
David Rose and David J Pevalin
PART TWO: THE NS-SEC AS A MEASURE OF EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS
Abigail McKnight and Peter Elias
Empirical Variation in Employment Relations and Conditions
Colin Mills and Geoffrey Evans
Employment Relations, Employment Conditions and the NS-SEC
Anthony P M Coxon and Kimberly Fisher
Criterion Validity and Occupational Classification
The Seven Economic Relations Measures and the NS-SEC

 
Kimberly Fisher
An Initial Exploration of the Employment Conditions of Full-Time and Part-Time Workers Using the NS-SEC
 
PART THREE: CONSTRUCT VALIDATION
Peter Elias and Abigail McKnight
Earnings, Unemployment and the NS-SEC
Justine Fitzpatrick
Examining Mortality Rates by NS-SEC Using Death Registration Data and the 1991 Census
David J Pevalin
Social Class and the Incidence of Low-weight Births
Helen Cooper and Sara Arber
Gender, Health and Occupational Classifications in Working and Later Life
Anthony Heath, Jean Martin and Roeland Beerten
Old and New Social Class Measures
A Comparison

 
 
PART FOUR: FURTHER REFLECTIONS ON THE NS-SEC
David Rose and David J Pevalin
The Problem of Lower Sales, Services and Clerical Occupations
David Rose and David J Pevalin
The NS-SEC
Overview and Conclusions

 

`Health researchers in the US and more globally would do well to study this book and consider its implications for monitoring and analyzing socioeconomic inequalities in health within and across diverse countries' - Journal of Public Health Policy

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