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Residential mobility and unemployment in the UK

Langella, Monica and Manning, Alan ORCID: 0000-0002-7884-3580 (2019) Residential mobility and unemployment in the UK. CEP Discussion Papers. Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, London, UK.

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Abstract

The UK has suffered from persistent spatial differences in unemployment rates for many decades. A low responsiveness of internal migration to unemployment is often argued to be an important cause of this problem. This paper uses UK census data to investigate how unemployment affects residential mobility using very small areas as potential destinations and origins and four decades of data. It finds that both inand out-migration are affected by unemployment, although the effect on in-migration appears to be stronger - but also that there is a very high ‘cost of distance’ so most moves are very local. Using individual longitudinal data we show that the young and the better educated have a lower cost of distance but that sensitivity to unemployment shows much less variability across groups.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series.asp?...
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z10 - General
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J0 - General > J01 - Labor Economics: General
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R10 - General
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J21 - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2020 14:03
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2020 23:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103398

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