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Immobility and the Brexit vote

Lee, Neil, Morris, Katy and Kemeny, Thomas (2018) Immobility and the Brexit vote. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. ISSN 1752-1378

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Identification Number: 10.1093/cjres/rsx027

Abstract

Popular explanations of the Brexit vote have centred on the division between cosmopolitan internationalists who voted Remain, and geographically rooted individuals who voted Leave. In this paper, we conduct the first empirical test of whether residential immobility – the concept underpinning this distinction – was an important variable in the Brexit vote. We find that locally rooted individuals – defined as those living in their county of birth – were 7 percent more likely to vote Leave. However, the impact of immobility was filtered by local circumstances: immobility only mattered for respondents in areas experiencing relative economic decline or increases in migrant populations

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://academic.oup.com/cjres
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JZ International relations
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J61 - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R23 - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2017 13:13
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 00:05
Funders: IGA Rockerfeller Grant
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86367

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