Lottery of birth
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6.1 Social mobility – growing or shrinking?

Looking back at your own childhood, do you think there was greater social mobility (defined as the link between a person’s occupation or income and the occupation or income of their parents) when you were growing up than there is today?

In the UK social mobility has, officially, stagnated making current widespread pessimism about the level of social mobility seemingly justified (Social Mobility Commission, 2018).

Activity 4

Think about your own experiences of social mobility where you live.

  • Do you think that that social mobility has stagnated or is increasing or decreasing?
  • What evidence do you have of that?
  • What, if anything, is being done in your part of the world specifically about social mobility?
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