A Talk entitled - Broken ladders? Social mobility

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13 November 2019 18:00 - 20:00
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Social mobility resonates with a notion of a just society where "an individual’s expected level of achievement is a function only of his or her effort and not of his or her circumstances (Roemer 1998)". Each person should thus have an equal chance of success, regardless of gender, ethnicity or family background. Through simple examples, the talk will illustrate: why social mobility can be a slippery concept; how rural, urban or other location affects mobility prospects; educational mobility in Africa; the odds for climbing the occupational ladder in Victorian Britain compared e.g. to contemporary India and China. Finally, it will review what we know about social mobility determinants and the prospects for progress beyond poverty reduction in developing country settings.


Vegard Iversen is a Professor of Development Economics and Head of the Livelihoods and Institutions Department, Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich. .


University of Greenwich, Medway Campus, Kent
Pembroke Ward Room
University of Greenwich
Central Avenue
Chatham Maritime
United Kingdom

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