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Don't look down: the consequences of job loss in a flexible labour market

Upward, Richard; Wright, Peter


Peter Wright


We estimate the earnings, hours and income effects of job loss for a representative sample of UK workers from 1991–2007. We follow workers before and after job loss, regardless of their labour market state, and we match displaced workers with similar non-displaced workers. This provides a more comprehensive picture of the effect of job loss in the UK than previously available. Job loss causes a long-run reduction in income which is mainly due to reductions in monthly pay rather than in employment propensity. Income from other labour market states and from welfare payments does little to compensate for income losses. This lack of a “safety net” means that job loss in the UK has a similar impact to job loss in the US.


Upward, R., & Wright, P. (2019). Don't look down: the consequences of job loss in a flexible labour market. Economica, 86(341), 166-200.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 25, 2017
Online Publication Date Nov 7, 2017
Publication Date 2019-01
Deposit Date Sep 12, 2017
Publicly Available Date Nov 8, 2019
Journal Economica
Print ISSN 0013-0427
Electronic ISSN 1468-0335
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 86
Issue 341
Pages 166-200
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Upward, R. and Wright, P. W. (2017), Don't Look Down: The Consequences of Job Loss in a Flexible Labour Market. Economica, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving


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