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Social mobility


Secure routes out of poverty, the ability to accumulate wealth and paths into higher pay are all important for boosting people’s living standards and position in society over the course of their lifetimes or in comparison to their parents. We look at trends in social mobility on a range of different measures, and what drives these.

Contacts

Nye Cominetti

Nye Cominetti

Economic Analyst
E: nye.cominetti@resolutionfoundation.org

Laura Gardiner

Research Director
T: 020 3372 2954
E: laura.gardiner@resolutionfoundation.org
Publications

Tackling structural inequality should sit at the heart of boosting living standards

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Tackling inequality is a long game, particularly when faced with deeply embedded structural inequalities. And understanding how structural inequality plays out across different people, places and points in time requires…
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To understand inequality, we need to understand its intersections too

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Inequality has been moving up the political agenda in recent years. Public concern about the issue is at record levels. Politicians across the spectrum – from Theresa May’s emphasis on…
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House of the rising son (or daughter): the impact of parental wealth on their children’s homeownership

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The rise of the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad (BOMAD) is much-discussed but until now there has been little analysis of the strength of the relationship between parental support…
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Widening inequalities between generations are impeding social mobility

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Intergenerational progress – the principle that each generation will do better than the one before – has come to a halt. Millennials in their late 20s are earning less than…
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Today’s problems of intergenerational inequality risk becoming tomorrow’s big social mobility divide

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Launching a review of higher education recently, the Prime Minister spoke of her wish to make the UK a country ‘where your background does not define your future’. Naturally, education…
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Diverse outcomes: living standards by ethnicity

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This briefing note looks at how typical household incomes have differed by ethnicity, given that around one fifth of the population self-report their ethnicity as something other than White British.…
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A wider range of subjects?

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Today Justine Greening is giving a speech about education and specifically the attainment of children from low and middle income families. The reaction to the speech will focus on the…
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Our education system is tilted against social mobility

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We like to think that a modern society is open and mobile – and our failures on social mobility really matter to Theresa May. It is one of the reasons…
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