EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Was Brexit Caused by the Unhappy and the Old?

Federica Liberini (), Andrew Oswald, Eugenio Proto () and Michela Redoano ()

CAGE Online Working Paper Series from Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE)

Abstract: On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (so-called ‘Brexit’).This paper uses newly released information, from the Understanding Society data set, to examine the characteristics of individuals who were for and against Brexit. Two new findings emerge. First, unhappy feelings contributed to Brexit. However, contrary to commonly heard views, the key channel of influence was not through general dissatisfaction with life. It was through a person’s narrow feelings about his or her own financial situation. Second, despite some commentators’ guesses, Brexit was not caused by old people. Only the very young were substantially pro-Remain.

Keywords: Referendum; European Union; Brexit; Voting. JEL Classification: D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-int and nep-ltv
Date: 2017
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (13) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/resea ... ld_proto_redoano.pdf

Related works:
Working Paper: Was Brexit Caused by the Unhappy and the Old? (2017) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:cge:wacage:342

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in CAGE Online Working Paper Series from Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Jane Snape ().

 
Page updated 2019-05-12
Handle: RePEc:cge:wacage:342