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Social scientists have long analyzed the links between economic mobility and attitudes toward inequality. Recent patterns in middle-income countries after sustained economic growth and changes to the social structure present an opportunity to explore this issue in more detail. For example, why do a majority of people in Europe and Central Asia believe that they are worse off economically today, despite substantial economic improvements in the region?
This half-day conference will look at the latest research on economic mobility patterns in middle-income countries in ECA and LAC and their relationship with the World Bank Group’s goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. Experts from across the World Bank Group and partner institutions will discuss recent progress, seek to understand the role of perceptions and aspirations in improving the welfare and economic mobility of the less well-off, and to identify policy priorities that can promote upward mobility and ensure that the most vulnerable are able to benefit from overall progress.