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What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Social Mobility?

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Social Mobility?

June 2020 | SAGE Publications Ltd
Britain has become a fractured country, defined by stark economic, geographical and political divides. Its low social mobility is now an increasingly pressing issue and stagnating real wages signal a dark era of declining opportunities and the growing spectre of downward mobility. Failure to do something now will mean greater problems for future generations.

Through the use of cutting-edge data this book summarises what we know about social mobility research: documenting the history of mobility trends since the Second World War; detailing the recent dark age of declining absolute mobility, and using international comparisons to highlight the variations of social mobility by place. The authors then call for a fundamental shift in debates about social mobility and social justice, arguing that tinkering with current policies will not transform society to the extent that is needed. Only by establishing general principles of fairness in society- relating to notions of community, decency, collective responsibility and inter-generational justice – can we agree the major policy reforms that can make Britain a more mobile and just society.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The ‘What Do We Know and What Should We Do About...?' series offers readers short, up-to-date overviews of key issues often misrepresented, simplified or misunderstood in modern society and the media. Each book is written by a leading social scientist with an established reputation in the relevant subject area. The Series Editor is Professor Chris Grey, Royal Holloway, University of London
1. Introduction
2. Background
3. What Do We Know About Social Mobility?
4. What Should We Do About Social Mobility?
5. Conclusion

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Lee Elliot Major

Lee Elliot Major is the country’s first Professor of Social Mobility. Appointed by the University of Exeter to be a global leader in the field, his work is dedicated to improving the prospects of disadvantaged young people. As a Professor of Practice he is focused on the impact and dissemination of research, working closely with schools, universities, employers and policy makers.Lee is a founding trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation and chairs its evaluation advisory group. He was formerly Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust. He commissioned and co-authored the first Sutton Trust-EEF toolkit, a guide used by 100,000s of school... More About Author

Stephen Machin

Stephen Machin is a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is currently director of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and is a fellow of the British Academy and Society of Labor Economists. His research focuses on labour economics, the economics of education, the economics of crime, and industrial economics. More About Author

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