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Using the 2001 census to study human capital movements affecting Britain's larger cities: insights and issues

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Human capital is increasingly being recognized as crucial to the sustained growth of British cities, and the population census is unrivalled as a source of data on the characteristics of people moving to and from cities. Taking advantage of new features in the 2001 census, the paper examines how successful 27 of Britain's largest cities and their regions are in maintaining their labour force complement, giving particular attention to young adults and people working in high level occupations. Considerable variation is apparent between city regions, but the interpretation of results is somewhat hampered by limitations in the census data, prompting recommendations for future data collection.

Keywords: Census; City region; Human capital; Migration; Professional and managerial occupations; UK

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Newcastle, UK

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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