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Social mobility and its enemies

Lee Elliot Major (Sutton Trust), joint with Stephen Machin

Monday 29 October 2018 18:30 - 20:00

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT

Social Mobility and its Enemies

29 October 2018

Location: Peacock Theatre, London School of Economics

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Speakers: Lee Elliot Major (Sutton Trust) and Stephen Machin (CEP, LSE).

Chair: Dame Minouche Shafik (Director, LSE)

Tickets Available from Eventbrite

Ticket info / How to attend | About the speakers | About the book

To mark the launch of their new book, Social Mobility and its Enemies, Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin will discuss cutting-edge research into how social mobility has changed in Britain over the years.

  • What are the effects of decreasing social mobility?
  • How does education help - and hinder - us in improving our life chances?
  • Why are so many of us stuck on the same social rung as our parents?
  • How to attend:

    This event will take place at the Peacock Theatre, LSE from 6:30pm and will be chaired by LSE Director Minouche Shafik.

    It is free to attend and open to all. Tickets are available from EventBrite.

    About the Speakers:

    Lee Elliot Major is Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, a foundation dedicated to improving social mobility in the UK through evidence-based programmes, research and policy advocacy.

    Stephen Machin is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Performance.

    About the book:

    Apart from the USA, Britain has the lowest social mobility in the Western world. The lack of movement in who gets where in society - particularly when people are stuck at the bottom and the top - costs the nation dear, both in terms of the unfulfilled talents of those left behind and an increasingly detached elite, disinterested in improvements that benefit the rest of society.

    This book analyses cutting-edge research into how social mobility has changed in Britain over the years, the shifting role of schools and universities in creating a fairer future, and the key to what makes some countries and regions so much richer in opportunities, bringing a clearer understanding of what works and how we can better shape our future.

    This book is published by Penguin and will be released on 27 September 2018. You can pre-order from the publisher's website at:

    Participants are expected to adhere to the CEP Events Code of Conduct.


    This event will take place in Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT.

    The building is labelled PEA on the LSE campus map. You can also find us on Google Maps. For further information, go to contact us.