Latest international social mobility comparisons

Report on the CRITA project by Professor John Ermisch.

In 2009, a cross-national study of the intergenerational transmission of advantage under the auspices of the Russell Sage Foundation commenced. It involved a coordinated set of sixteen mobility studies across ten countries with different levels of inequality. Like the government strategy, it took a life cycle approach. It is a first step toward understanding how and why mobility is sustained at higher rates in some countries than in others. The life-course approach in a comparative perspective allows us to see where divergences in outcomes between high and low socio-economic status children occur in the life cycle, how they evolve and how those differences may be related to policies, processes and institutions operating at various life course stages. This report summarises the findings of the study.

September 24, 2012