Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission: The glass floor

Downward mobility, opportunity hoarding and the glass floor is a report on the effect of family background on the labour market success of high and low performers in assessments of cognitive skills at age 5.

The report by Abigail McKnight of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics, was published in June 2015.

It finds evidence that ‘children from better-off families are hoarding opportunities in the education system’ and concludes: ‘If policy makers are determined to increase social mobility in a climate where “room at the top” is not expanding then the factors that limit downward mobility will need to be addressed’.