OECD to launch report on social mobility – Friday 15 June 2018


08/06/2018 - When people at the bottom of the income ladder have little chance of moving upward, and those at the top remain there, the social elevator is broken. This has harmful economic, social and political consequences. Lack of upward mobility implies that many talents are not being put to use which undermines potential economic growth. It also reduces life satisfaction, well-being, and social cohesion.


A new OECD report, A Broken Social Elevator? How to Promote Social Mobility, provides new evidence on social mobility in the context of increased inequalities of income and opportunities in OECD and selected emerging economies. It looks at the issue across and within generations, in income, education, health and occupation, and at how these are linked to inequality and includes recommendations on how countries can improve social mobility.


The report will be available to registered journalists on the OECD's password-protected website at 11:00 CET/09:00 GMT on Friday 15 June for immediate release.


Country notes will be available for Australia, Brazil, Chile, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Requests to receive advance copies of the report and country notes under embargo, ahead of release time, should be sent by e-mail to The report will be sent by e-mail on Thursday 14 June. Journalists requesting an electronic version in advance of the release time agree to respect OECD embargo conditions.


For further information, please contact Spencer Wilson at the OECD Media Office (+ 33 1 4524 8118).


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