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Economic Change and the Labour Market in Britain's Seaside Towns

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  • Christina Beatty
  • Stephen Fothergill
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    Beatty C. and Fothergill S. (2004) Economic change and the labour market in Britain's seaside towns, Reg. Studies 38, 461-480. For thirty years, Britain's seaside towns have faced the challenge of the rising popularity of foreign holidays. This paper explores how their economies have adapted, and in particular the extent to which high claimant unemployment in many of the towns is rooted in local job loss. By deploying 'labour market accounts' for 1971 to 2001, the paper shows that in fact the continuing imbalance in seaside labour markets owes more to high levels of in-migration than to job loss, and even the sectors of the local economy most closely linked to tourism show growth in employment.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 459-478

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:38:y:2004:i:5:p:459-478

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    Keywords: Seaside towns; Unemployment; Migration; Employment; Tourism; Stations balneaires; Chomage; Migration; Emploi; Tourisme; Kustenstadte; Erwerbslosigkeit; Wanderung; Erwerbstatigkeit; Tourismus; Ciudades costeras; Desempleo; Migracion; Empleo; Turismo;

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    1. Paul Gregg, . "Out for the count again? A social scientist's analysis of unemployment statistics in the UK," NIESR Discussion Papers 25, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
    2. Christina Beatty & Stephen Fothergill, 1996. "Labour Market Adjustment in Areas of Chronic Industrial Decline: The Case of the UK Coalfields," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(7), pages 627-640.
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