Margaret Heffernan

Family is Destiny – Are We at the End of Social Mobility and Did It Exist at All?

with Simon Burgess, Paul Johnson, Abigail McKnight, Kim Scharf and Margaret Heffernan

Economics/
Sat 19 November 2016

Family is Destiny – Are We at the End of Social Mobility and Did It Exist at All?

with Simon Burgess, Paul Johnson, Abigail McKnight, Kim Scharf and Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan
Sat 19 November 2016,

Is the era of social mobility and meritocracy over – assuming it was ever real? With Old Etonians commanding all the top acting roles as well as running the country, private school looks like a passport to success for almost all the seven per cent of Britons who attend. Many young people are now only able to buy a home via the bank of mother and father. So is there any social mobility and has it really declined over time – or was it always an illusion? Does privilege matter more or less in Britain than in other countries? And are there ways to improve the life chances of young people born into less privileged backgrounds?

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