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Big ideas of 2015: downward mobility

Now that expansion has slowed, the children of the baby boomers have less favourable prospects than their parents.

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The idea that social mobility—ending up in a different occupational class or income group from one’s parents—is in decline or has ground to a halt has much currency in Britain today. The truth is more complicated, though not reassuring: there is plenty of mobility, but more downwards than up.

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