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Immobility and the Brexit vote

Lee, Neil, Morris, Katy and Kemeny, Thomas (2017) Immobility and the Brexit vote. Working Paper (19). International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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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 support 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: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/International-Inequalities
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
International Inequalities Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2019 14:24
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 00:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101857

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