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Social mobility

How is your future influenced by the socio-economic circumstances in which you grew up?

CEP economists are interested in how changes in the labour, education and housing markets affect social mobility and the economic prospects of young people.

CEP research reveals that the adult income of individuals born in 1970 was more strongly tied to how much their parents had earned, than it had been for those born in 1958 - meaning social mobility declined during that time. This stalling of intergenerational mobility has important policy implications.

A key role of education is to promote equality of opportunity and social mobility - CEP research investigates whether the UK education system is doing this. Other research questions include how parents' investment of time and money varies by socio-economic background and what impact this has on their children's life chances - an issue highlighted by the widespread school shutdowns during the Covid-19 crisis.

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