Upcoming event: Unlocking Social Mobility Across Generations. Challenges and Policy Options

June 18th, 2024. 15:00 – 16:00 CEST

Europe risks stagnating social mobility. Decades of rigorous research by economists and sociologists show that despite substantial increases in public spending on education, with the hope that this might equalise opportunities for all, only little has changed in socio-economic outcomes. This is true, for example, for educational attainment and income across generations. One reason is that most governments fail to provide adequate support for parents to invest in their children and to compensate for structural disadvantages.

In our 2nd online seminar, we will draw policy recommendations from the latest research on the pressing issue of social mobility across generations. With leading experts in the field, we will identify the most relevant points of divergence in social mobility trends, their causes and consequences for individuals and societies, and discuss policy options for the future.

Key Themes

  • Examining Trends in Social Mobility in Europe
  • Identifying Root Causes and Persistent Challenges
  • Exploring Effective Policy Interventions for Enhanced Social Mobility


  • Jo Blanden, Professor of Economics at the University of Surrey.
  • Jani Erola, Professor of Sociology at the University of Turku and Director of the INVEST Research Flagship Center.
  • Markus Jäntti, Professor of Economics at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University.
  • Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Turku.
  • Lindsey Macmillan, Professor of Economics at the Social Research Institute, and Director of the Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities, University College London.
  • Rebecca Ryan, Professor and Co-Director of the Child Development and Social Policy Lab,  Department of Psychology at Georgetown University.

To attend this online event in Zoom, please: