The genes for college study
Children from low-income households with high standardised test or exam scores are less likely to attend college than children with equal test scores from high income households. While family income is a significant factor determining a student’s enrolment at college, it is not the only one. The EU-funded GENIO project will explore genetics as recent studies have identified specific genetic variants contributing to inequality of opportunity. Specifically, the project will develop a methodological framework to study the genetic variants. It will exploit bioinformatics techniques to measure genetic endowments, econometric techniques to measure returns to genes and inequality of opportunity. The project will also study how socioeconomic inequality of opportunity varies by sex and geographic location.