Impacts of the Brexit referendum on UK employment: a synthetic control method approach

Elissaios Papyrakis, Lorenzo Pellegrini*, L (Luca) Tasciotti

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Abstract

We estimate the impact of the 2016 Brexit referendum on the UK (un-)employment rate up to January 2020 by comparing the observed performance of the indicators in the UK with those of a synthetic control. The decline in the UK unemployment rate recorded after the referendum mimics the trend of the synthetic indicator and, similarly, the increase in UK employment follows the trend of the synthetic control. Overall, we find that the Brexit referendum has had little effect on the UK (un-)employment rate.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Economics Letters
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Mar 2022

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