Grandparents affect social class

A study has found that a person’s social mobility is influenced by the kind of jobs their grandparents had.

The research used nationally representative surveys of over 17,000 Britons born in 1946, 1958, and 1970.

The “grandparents effect” meant that 80% of men with professional or managerial positions stayed in them, if their parents and grandparents also held similar positions. This figure dropped to 61% if grandparents were in unskilled manual positions instead. The correlation was weaker for women.

Read more at University of Oxford