About Jo Blanden



Dr Jo Blanden is Senior Lecturer in Economics and Research Director of the School of Economics at the University of Surrey.

Jo studied for her PhD at University College London from 2000 to 2005 while working as a full-time researcher at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics. She joined the Department of Economics at Surrey in October 2005 and is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE.

Jo has worked extensively on intergenerational income mobility. Her work with Paul Gregg and Steve Machin on ‘Changes in Intergenerational Mobility in Britain’ found that the relationship between family income and children’s adult earnings has strengthened for those born in 1970 compared to those born in 1958; this finding has generated a large amount of policy and media impact. Recent work with Lindsey Macmillan seeks to understand how social mobility is affected by educational expansion.

Jo also works on the evaluation of education and health policies in the UK. In education she is currently completing a large project on the impact of universal part-time nursery provision impacts on children’s later educational outcomes; and she is also working to understand the impressive improvement in the performance of London Schools. She has very recently become Principal Investigator on the five-year programme of work ‘Delivering Better for Less’ which seeks to understand how public sector productivity can be measured; with a particular focus on the National Health Service.


Educational inequality, educational expansion and intergenerational mobility

Universal pre-school education: the case of public funding with private provision