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Does social mobility matter to Economists?

Jonny Clark

16th June 2015

Social mobility (or apparent lack of it) has been in the news again recently. I suppose that this won’t be a surprise given the success of the incumbent Conservative Government during the General Election and the topic could become a major theme of the Opposition challenge over the next 5 years.

The chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Alan Milburn, claims that many top firms are recruiting too heavily from a labour-pool that is privately educated at the expense of bright young people from poorer backgrounds. There is even a claim that employment opportunities are dependent on your accent – with the unique tones of the Birmingham suburbs being the least liked by employers.

Jonny Clark

Jon Clark has been teaching economics and business studies for over 25 years primarily in the Further Education sector. Before joining tutor2u, he was a senior manager at South Cheshire College in Crewe.

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