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Gulcin Ozkan and Grace Stamate
''Brexit: a vote driven by deprivation?''
( 2020, Vol. 40 No.4 )
Why did the British electorate vote to leave the European Union? Using an extensive data set on deprivation at the local authority level, we explore the factors that shaped the leave decision. We find that the sharp rise in deprivation during 2010-15 was closely associated with an increased likelihood of the leave vote, lending support to the arguments that austerity from 2010 onwards played a key role in the Brexit decision. Our results also reveal that deterioration in educational opportunities; rise in crime; and barriers to housing had been particularly influential in the leave vote.
Keywords: Brexit; deprivation; austerity.
JEL: E6 - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General
I3 - Welfare and Poverty: General
Manuscript Received : Sep 22 2018 Manuscript Accepted : Nov 14 2020

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