A re‐consideration of rates of ‘social mobility’ in Britain: or why research impact is not always a good thing

  title={A re‐consideration of rates of ‘social mobility’ in Britain: or why research impact is not always a good thing},
  author={Stephen Gorard},
  journal={British Journal of Sociology of Education},
  pages={317 - 324}
  • S. Gorard
  • Published 1 May 2008
  • Economics
  • British Journal of Sociology of Education
This paper re‐considers some of the evidence for low and declining social mobility in Britain, showing that one study based on a re‐analysis of cohort figures appears to have had an impact on policy‐makers out of all proportion to its scale and rigour. The study claimed to show that the income of parents and children were more closely related for sons born in 1970 than in 1958, and that therefore social mobility was declining. It also claimed to show that the incomes of fathers and sons were… 

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