Eyes Down for a Full House: Labour Market Polarisation and the Housing Market in Britain
This paper contrasts the labor market fortunes of workers in different housing tenures over the past twenty years, focusing on how two major developments--rising inequality and the declining economic position of men--have affected various housing types. The author concentrates on just three housing types, owner occupation, local authority housing together with the housing associations which have taken over many former council accommodation, and the private rental sector. He shows that the impact of the last two recessions has been borne disproportionately by those living in local authority accommodation and that economic recovery has done little to redress this imbalance. One in two council households is now workless. Pay inequality between owner occupiers and local authority tenants has doubled over the past twenty years. Copyright 1998 by Scottish Economic Society.
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Volume (Year): 45 (1998)
Issue (Month): 4 (September)
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