Journal Article

Commuting across the Irish border

March 3, 2020

Economics Letters, Volume 190, May 2020, 109060

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The border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is often characterised as ‘invisible’. Using data drawn from censuses in both jurisdictions, we show a substantial discontinuity in commuting behaviour at the Irish border. Residents on both sides of the border have a low propensity to work on the other side. Local areas in Northern Ireland with larger Catholic populations are more prone to commuting from North to South, hinting at a possible role for socio-cultural factors.