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Rise of the super-family

Is there any room left at the top?

By Alison Wolf   May 2013

In the old developed world, where middle incomes are stagnant, today’s race goes to the super-family. It’s a throwback in many ways. It is tight knit, nuclear, husband-wife-and-kids, but with a twist: two successful, two highly educated, two well-paid parents. And it is a key reason why the top section of society is drawing away from the rest.

The 1970s were the start of it. It was when educated women penetrated every part of the professional labour market. They also started to take less…

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