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Men whose parents were graduates earn more than those whose parents were not, writes Alison Goddard.

English men are paid more if they parents have degrees, according to a report in today’s Financial Times. It says that researchers examined the earnings of 40,000 men aged 25 to 49 to identify the correlation. It quotes John Jerrim of the Institute of Education as saying that (£) the UK offers particularly high economic rewards for going to a "good" university and that graduates with wealthy parents are given more time to find a suitable job than are those who need to start earning immediately. The Daily Telegraph says that men whose parents are graduates are also more likely to study subjects that lead to lucrative careers. The Belfast Telegraph reports that the earnings gap is particularly high in Northern Ireland.

In local news The Financial Times has an account of a fascinating experiment being conducted by the University of Bristol and the city council, which aims to track traffic flow, mobile phone use, crime patterns and energy use with the aim of turning Bristol into a (£) laboratory for smart living

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