Social mobility is higher in societies which have smaller income gaps.


Today, The Equality Trust released its fourth quarterly Research Digest.
This Digest deals with the relationship between high income inequality and low levels of social mobility.

Read the latest Research Digest: Social Mobility

In brief:

– Social mobility is higher in societies which have smaller income gaps.

– The London School of Economics and the OECD have both demonstrated that social mobility in Britain is worse than in comparable rich countries.

– The Institute for Fiscal Studies commented in a comprehensive review of the academic literature:

“[it is] likely to be very hard to increase social mobility without tackling inequality.”

If you have friends, family or colleagues who would be interested in the Digest, please do forward this message to them. This series is part of their ongoing commitment to exploring the evidence about the impacts of income inequality on societies. Their next Research Digest is due to be published in the summer.

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2 responses to “Social mobility is higher in societies which have smaller income gaps.

  1. Here’s a simplistic explanation: Social mobility is higher in societies which have smaller income gaps because the smaller the gap the easier it is to “jump” from the lower to the higher because a smaller increase in income is required. My brilliance at no charge. You’re welcome.

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