Journal Article

The effect of neighbourhood housing tenure mix on labour market outcomes: a longitudinal investigation of neighbourhood effects

Maarten van Ham and David Manley

in Journal of Economic Geography

Volume 10, issue 2, pages 257-282
Published in print March 2010 | ISSN: 1468-2702
Published online May 2009 | e-ISSN: 1468-2710 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbp017
The effect of neighbourhood housing tenure mix on labour market outcomes: a longitudinal investigation of neighbourhood effects

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This article investigates the effect of different levels of neighbourhood housing tenure mix and deprivation on transitions from unemployment to employment and the probability of staying in employment for those with a job. We used multiple regression models and unique individual level data from the Scottish Longitudinal Study. We found that high correlations between the percentage of social renting in a neighbourhood and labour market outcomes disappeared when controlling for neighbourhood deprivation, individual level education and tenure. The results show that living in a deprived neighbourhood is negatively correlated with labour market performance, but predominantly for homeowners and not for social renters. We suggest that selection effects and not causation are behind the neighbourhood effects found.

Keywords: tenure mix; deprivation; neighbourhood effects; labour market transitions; longitudinal data; Scotland; I30; J60; R23

Journal Article.  10924 words. 

Subjects: Welfare and Poverty ; Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies ; Household Analysis

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