Edited by Geraint Johnes, Jill Johnes, Tommaso Agasisti and Laura López-Torres
Chapter 4: Education and social mobility: theory, evidence and policy challenges
This chapter reviews the evidence on the role education plays in determining social mobility. It begins by examining how education has been incorporated into theoretical models of social mobility. It reviews the evidence on the relationship between family background, educational attainment and social mobility. It examines findings from the developing literature on the role of non-cognitive skills. Finally, the chapter examines research looking at barriers to increasing social mobility through education policy.
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