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Great Britain's Second-Order City Regions in Recessions, 1978-2010

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  • Tony Champion
  • Alan Townsend
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    While it is now accepted that the 2008-09 recession accentuated regional differences in Britain, it is more difficult to identify the role of major cities, especially over a longer time scale. Using previously established methods focussed on employment, this paper assesses the record of nine city regions in the 2008-09 recession, both in its own right and in comparison with the previous two recessions. The 2008-09 recession is found to have impacted the nine city regions less than the previous ones in absolute terms but not in relative terms compared with the London city region or the rest of Britain. Over the whole period from 1978, the paper has found the city regions to be fairly tightly in the grip of national cyclical trends of recession and recovery, but generally performing less resiliently than Britain as a whole. In comparison, London showed appreciably more cyclical behaviour between 1989 and 2002 than at other times, with the most remarkable recovery from recession in this period. The public sector helped the performance of second-order city regions from 1997 to 2010, including the peak of growth rates in city regions and their cores in 1998-2002, but its employment reductions will dominate the prospects for provincial cities for several years to come.

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    Paper provided by Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE in its series SERC Discussion Papers with number 0104.

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    Date of creation: Apr 2012
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    Keywords: Recession; resilience; employment change; second-order city; city region; Great Britain;

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    1. Stuart Dawley & Andy Pike & John Tomaney, 2010. "Towards the Resilient Region?," Local Economy, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 25(8), pages 650-667.
    2. Bernard Fingleton & Harry Garretsen & Ron Martin, 2012. "Recessionary Shocks And Regional Employment: Evidence On The Resilience Of U.K. Regions," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(1), pages 109-133, 02.
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