Increasing levels of income inequality, and the low, often nearly stagnant, rates of social mobility experienced by many economies today, attract the attention of researchers and policymakers alike. However, both the causes of low social mobility and its consequences for economic performance have not yet been conclusively determined. These questions shall be investigated in this SEEK project within an international research network of experts.

The project aims to add to the debate on improving social mobility as a way to foster economic performance in European and other advanced economies. In most countries, the political rhetoric is clearly in favour of achieving more social mobility and equality of opportunity, as is the case in Europe, the US, and other countries. The SEEK project intends to provide research-based evidence on the role of social mobility in improving economic performance, and to identify channels that can be utilized to increase social mobility. The project shall be informative for both politicians and scientists on returns to social mobility and its causes from an economic perspective.

Selected Publications

Discussion and Working Papers

Ben Yahmed, Sarra, Lorenzo Cappellari, Daniele Checchi, Miles Corak, Stephen Jenkins, Guido Neidhöfer, Michèle Tertilt and Mariano Tommasi (2020), COVID-19 and Inequality, ZEW policy brief No. 20-05, Mannheim. Download

Brunori, Paolo and Guido Neidhöfer (2020), The Evolution of Inequality of Opportunity in Germany: A Machine Learning Approach, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 20-013, Mannheim. Download