Project description

The project was designed to produce a European socio-economic Classification (ESEC) for use in comparative social science research across the EU .

Comparative analysis of many aspects of the quality of life and of social cohesion, for example health, living conditions and economic situation of Europe’s population, seeking to understand variation between member states, is hampered by the lack of an agreed, harmonised and validated classification of socio-economic positions.

This project was designed to improve the state of the art in this area and to make demonstrable progress towards comparative research in a wide variety of areas relevant to the knowledge based society. By providing an essential comparative European research tool, the ESEC project also hoped to greatly facilitate subsequent analyses of intergenerational social mobility and inheritance of inequalities.