Jo Blanden

University of Surrey, and LSE, UK, and IZA, Germany

World of Labor articles are useful for policymakers and academics wanting a quick review of the latest evidence, writing one is also a useful exercise for the author; forcing us to get to the essence of our research knowledge

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Senior Lecturer in Economics and Deputy Research Director, Department of Economics, University of Surrey, UK

Research interest

Intergenerational mobility, early education


PhD Economics, University College London, 2005

Selected publications

  • “Intergenerational persistence in income and social class: The impact of within-group inequality.” Journal of Royal Statistical Society Series A 176:2 (2013): 541–563 (with P. Gregg and L. Macmillan).

  • “Intergenerational mobility in the United States and Great Britain: A comparative study of parent–child pathways.” Review of Income and Wealth 60 (2014): 425–449 (with R. Haveman, T. Smeeding, and K. Wilson).

  • “Measuring the returns to lifelong learning.” Economics of Education Review 31:4 (2012): 501–514 (with F. Buscha, P. Sturgis, and P. Urwin).

  • “Cross-national rankings of intergenerational mobility: A comparison of approaches from economics and sociology.” Journal of Economic Surveys 27:1 (2013): 38–73.

  • “Accounting for intergenerational persistence: Noncognitive skills, ability and education.” Economic Journal Conference Volume 117:519 (2007): C43-C60 (with L. Macmillan and P. Gregg).