Tackling Britain's Social Mobility Problem

Hosted by the Centre for Economic Performance

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building


Sanchia Berg

Professor Lee Elliot Major


Professor Stephen Machin

Professor Stephen Machin

What can we do to improve Britain’s low social mobility - one of the most pressing issues facing young people growing up today? 

Boris Johnson continues a tradition that has stood for generations. Every Prime Minister since the end of World War Two who has attended an English University has attended just one institution: Oxford. Meanwhile 100,000s of children leave school each year without the basics to get on in life. Britain suffers from low social mobility. But how can we improve it? Our panel will discuss potential solutions, and you the audience will vote on the solution. 

To pre-order a copy of the book, which can be collected from independent bookshop Pages of Hackney at the event, please go to Social Mobility And Its Enemies.

Sanchia Berg (@Sanchia7) is a senior BBC reporter/correspondent.  She works on Radio 4's Today Programme and on BBC2's Newsnight, specialising in Education and Social Affairs. 

Lee Elliot Major (@Lem_Exeter) is Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter and Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE.

Stephen Machin (@s_machin_) is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

CEP (@CEP_LSE) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the LSE. Established by the ESRC in 1990, is now one of the leading economic research groups in Europe.

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