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By Prospect Team   November 2013

Onwards and upwards

Philip Collins’s article (“The social mobility myth,” October) and the accompanying interview with John Goldthorpe refer to our findings on the decline in intergenerational income mobility in Britain as “mistaken” and “flawed—both empirically and conceptually.”

Many of Goldthorpe’s points are well taken. However, not all the points made in the article and interview are accurate.

The observation that trends in mobility as measured by social class and income differ is not controversial. But just looking at differences across social class groups, as Goldthorpe’s work does, entirely misses important aspects of changes in inequality unrelated to social class…

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