Reports by Phil Baty from the Royal Economic Society's annual conference at Staffordshire University this week. See research papers.
Britain's ethnic minorities are unwilling to commute to work and as a result suffer higher and longer spells of unemployment, according to Jonathan Thomas of University College London. His analysis of social security data suggests that further statutory anti-discrimination measures may be necessary. He said that ethnic minorities tended to look for jobs in their locality, mostly inner-city areas, because they believe suburban employers are likely to discriminate, and that commuting to areas where non-white residence is sparse would increase the risks of harassment or violence.