Classes to end, lost learning to continue | Opinion

At the end of May, I was in London at a scientific conference at which one of the invited speakers was Stephen Manchin, from the London School of Economics. Manchin presented his recent work with colleagues at LSE, which shows how the loss of skills of disadvantaged students caused by the pandemic will affect social mobility. Pre-pandemic, estimate that in the United Kingdom a 10% increase in the respective family’s income leads to an increase in the child’s income, as an adult, of 3.8%. Post-pandemic, this measure of intergenerational income transmission increases by more than 11%, which accentuates inequalities. The authors warn: radical (read: radical!) policies are needed to heal the scars that the pandemic has left on this generation.