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Conference “Social mobility. A multidisciplinary perspective”

9 December 2021 @ 10:00 - 10 December 2021 @ 17:00



9 December 2021 @ 10:00
10 December 2021 @ 17:00
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Conference “Social mobility. A multidisciplinary perspective”

If social mobility is a key property of a just and cohesive democratic society, are we getting any closer to that ideal and what, if anything, should be done about it? This interdisciplinary conference gathers researchers of social mobility from around the world — economists, political scientists, legal experts and sociologists — to present and discuss facts and principles of social mobility. Over two days, the contributions presented at the conference will cover the following questions:

  • What factors affect social mobility across societies?
  • Has increased education access delivered greater social mobility?
  • How do contemporary adults’ key characteristics and life experiences differ from those of their parents?
  • How will future generations be affected by the current trends, pointing to a widening gap of income inequality?
  • Is there a level of intergenerational transmission of (dis)advantage that could be considered acceptable in social, legal, or economic terms? At what costs, and for which groups of individuals or societies?


Thursday, 9 December

Session 1 | Perspectives on social mobility

10:00 – 13:00

Institutional greetings Giorgio Barba Navaretti, President, Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto

Lee Elliot Major (University of Exeter), “Improving social mobility in the post pandemic era”

Tania Groppi (University of Siena), “Inequalities and social immobility: challenges to social constitutionalism in the 21st century”

Linda Laura Sabbadini (ISTAT – National Statistical Office), “Intergenerational mobility in contemporary Italy: worsening rather than improving”

13.00 – 14.30 | Lunch Break

14.30 – 16.00 

Ineke Maas (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ), “Long term trends in career mobility, intergenerational mobility and homogamy”

Sauro Mocetti (Bank of Italy), “Intergenerational income and occupation mobility in Italy”

16.00 – 16.30 | Coffee Break

16.30 – 18.00

Kjell Gunnar Salvanes (Norwegian School of Economics), “First generation elite: the role of school social networks”

Ariel Kalil (University of Chicago), “The role of parenting in the intergenerational transmission of economic status”

18:30 – 20:00

Round Table: “Le sfide della mobilità sociale: la società italiana e gli effetti della pandemia”

Daniela Del Boca (Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto)
Tania Groppi (Università di Siena)
Linda Laura Sabbadini (ISTAT)
Chiara Saraceno (Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto)
Chair: Stefanella Campana (La Stampa)
The round table will be held in Italian only

Friday, 10 December

Session 2 | Problems and prospects of social mobility studies

9:30 – 11:00

Lucinda Platt (London School of Economics), “Social mobility across ethnic groups: new directions and challenges for research”

Maurizio Pisati (University of Milan Bicocca), “Social mobility in Italy: Between change and stability”

11:00 – 11:30 | Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Paolo Acciari (Italian Ministry of Finance), “’And yet, it moves’: intergenerational mobility in Italy”

Elina Kilpi (University of Turku ), “Compensation and multiplication in intergenerational social mobility: when do children from advantaged social origins benefit disproportionately from their higher parental resources?”

13:00 – 14:30 | Lunch break

Session 3 | Education policies and social mobility


Camilla Borgna (Collegio Carlo Alberto), “Social gaps in educational aspirations and choices: which role for school guidance?”

Carlo Barone (SciencePo), “Information barriers and social inequality: evidence from field experiments in educational research”

Closing remarks

The conference will be held at Collegio Carlo Alberto, Piazza Arbarello 8, Torino (registration is compulsory), and online. Registration for the Round Table on Dec 9 must be done separately here.


Camilla Borgna (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

Renzo Carriero (University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

Michele Graziadei (University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

Giovanni Mastrobuoni (University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

Tiziana Nazio (University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

Francesca Parodi (Collegio Carlo Alberto)