Girls from poorer backgrounds more socially mobile than boys

25 May 2017

Important research looking into the factors that affect social mobility in Australia has shown that a key determinant of social mobility could be education attainment.  The research by David Fairbrother and School of Economics’ Associate Professor Renuka Mahadevan has shown that girls from poorer backgrounds achieve higher levels of education than boys from similar backgrounds and have correspondingly higher levels of social mobility. 

In particular, the findings show that girls with lower income fathers do better than boys with lower income fathers – but that the mothers earnings have no significant bearing.  Read the whole article here