Phillip Collins (Who he?- Tim):
However, the most conspicuous finding is that social mobility does not vary much between countries. Different policy regimes do not lead to very different rates. Australia, Japan and the US tend to be quite fluid; France, Germany and Italy less so. Britain sits in the middle.
Doesn\’t this rather undermine Polly\’s oft repeated mantra that a more unequal society has less social mobility? The US and Japan, for example, are pretty much at opposite ends of inequity as measured by income differentials.