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Natives and migrants in the London labour market, 1929-1931

Timothy Hatton () and Roy Bailey

Journal of Population Economics, 2002, vol. 15, issue 1, 59-81

Abstract: Migrants are sometimes regarded as marginal workers in metropolitan labour markets. London has long been a major destination for migrants from elsewhere in Britain and abroad. In this paper we examine the earnings and unemployment experience in 1929-1931 of male workers who migrated to London, or within London. We use data from the New Survey of London Life and Labour, a large survey of working class households, the records from which have recently been computerised. Our findings indicate that migrants were not marginal, in fact they enjoyed slightly higher earnings and lower unemployment incidence than native Londoners. Much of the advantage can be explained by differences in average skill levels and personal characteristics.

Keywords: Migration; labour markets; economic history (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 J61 N34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002-01-24
Note: Received: 2 November 1999/Accepted: 3 August 2000 received useful comments from participants at the conference, from Dudley Baines and Matthew Woollard, and from three anonymous referees. Responsible editor: Alan Barrett.-->
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