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

Author, Subject Editor

Current position

Reader in Economics, School of Economics, University of Surrey, UK

Research interest

Intergenerational mobility, early education


PhD Economics, University College London, 2005

Selected publications

  • “Universal pre-school education: The case of public funding with private provision.” Economic Journal 126 (2016): 682–773 (with E. Del Bono, S. McNally, and B. Rabe).

  • “Educational inequality, educational expansion and intergenerational mobility.” Journal of Social Policy 45:4 (2016): 589–614 (with L. Macmillan).

  • “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).

  • “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).