Social mobility: a literature review


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This report begins with a brief overview of the measurement of social mobility, highlighting key issues as they relate to the policy concerns of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It then provides a condensed summary of the key messages from the social mobility literature, with the aim of identifying sources of contention or areas in which the literature has relevant messages for BIS policy priorities. The report concludes with an assessment of the effectiveness of selected policies within each of the key areas of BIS policy responsibility, and offers some...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Research; Policy; Equity; Skills and knowledge; Qualifications; Outcomes

Keywords: Social mobility; Literature review; Policy analysis; Government policy; Skill development; Relevance of education and training

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: London, England: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 2011

Physical description: 35 p.

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Related items: TD/TNC 102.414

Statement of responsibility: Claire Crawford, Paul Johnson, Steve Machin and Anna Vignoles

Resource type: Government report or paper

Rights: Crown copyright 2011. You may re-use this information (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Document number: TD/TNC 112.415

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