Abstract

Platt L. The Intergenerational Social Mobility of Minority Ethnic Groups. Working Paper 2003-24 of the Institute of Economic and Social Research, University of Essex, Colchester. 2003.

This study examines the intergenerational social mobility of different ethnic groups in Britain between 1971 and 1991. The small body of previous research on intergenerational mobility and ethnicity in Britain has not distinguished between pre-migration and post-migration social class, and thus has been unable to relate findings directly to studies of intergenerational social mobility or to accounts of the changing class composition of different ethnic groups within Britain. This study, instead, focuses on social mobility between generations as it is experienced by different groups in the same country, over the same time period and over the same age range. Using data from the ONS Longitudinal Study , this study describes the different patterns of class mobility experienced by a single cohort of children aged 8-15 in 1971 from each of three ethnic groups: white non-migrants, Indians and Caribbeans. It finds that the relative importance of class origin varies within ethnicity; at the same time class origins can be found to operate in consistent ways across groups. It also finds that for women the impact of ethnicity is much less salient in determining outcomes than it is for men.