Follow us
Publications Commentary Research People Events News Resources and Videos About IFS
Home Publications Creating equal opportunities for all: intergenerational mobility in England

Creating equal opportunities for all: intergenerational mobility in England


A socially mobile country provides equal opportunities for everyone, across big cities and small towns, and regardless of whether your parents are rich or poor. This event looked at the state of mobility across England and explored policy options for any government committed to a levelling up agenda.

It discussed the findings of recent IFS research which uses linked data on over half a million children to show how earnings outcomes of children from different backgrounds vary across the country, and explored the role of education and the labour market in creating opportunities for all.

Following a presentation on the recent research, there was a discussion from a group of panellists including:

  • Anne-Marie Canning, CEO of The Brilliant Club
  • Lee Elliot Major, Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter
  • Liz Williams, Social Mobility Commissioner and CEO of FutureDotNow

You can watch the event in full below, or download the slides here.

Deaton inequality website

More on this topic

Press release
Inequalities in mortality rates by socioeconomic position had been rising in England prior to the pandemic, both for men and women. Males in the poorest 10% of local geographical areas were on average 37% more likely to die than men in the richest 10% of areas in 2003. By 2017, they were 63%, or ...
Newspaper article
It is bad enough that parental background is such a strong determinant of educational and labour market success. But at least we all have some individual responsibility for how well we progress, even if some have much better chances than others. Our inheritances we cannot control. And as a new ...
Press release
Inheritances have been growing as a share of national income in the UK since the 1970s. That trend looks set to continue: older generations hold more wealth than their predecessors and younger generations have incomes no higher than the generations born just before them. As a result, inheritances ...