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People from elite backgrounds increasingly dominate academia, data shows

10 mins | Jul 26, 2022
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First-generation academics were always rare. Now they’re vanishing. Research indicates that the percentage of PhD candidates from elite backgrounds is rising rapidly. But why is this? Andrew Van Dam examines the factors that mean academia, and economics in particular, ‘is fast becoming an almost exclusively the province of the insular elite.’