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Education and the geography of Brexit

Education and the geography of Brexit

Calvert Jump, Robert ORCID: 0000-0002-2967-512X and Michell, Jo (2020) Education and the geography of Brexit. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (JEPOP), 33 (1). pp. 41-53. ISSN 1745-7289 (Print), 1745-7297 (Online) (doi:

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While it is well established that educational attainment is highly correlated with Brexit voting patterns, the predictive capacity of education has attracted less attention. Using full-sample and split-sample exercises, this paper demonstrates that educational attainment alone can correctly classify over 90% of local authorities by voting outcome in the 2016 referendum to leave the EU, depending on the prediction model and classification method used. This illustrates the importance of education as a key factor in the geography of Brexit.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brexit; education; geography; polarisation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2023 13:33

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