Scottish Longitudinal Study
Development & Support Unit
Religion and Labour Market Outcomes in Scotland, 1991-2011
Dr Neil Rowland, Prof Ian Shuttleworth, Prof Duncan McVicar
1st August 2020
|This project seeks to analyse the relationship between religion and labour market outcomes in Scotland. Drawing inspiration from a large literature for Northern Ireland, it will investigate whether Catholics have a higher unemployment rate than Protestants in 1991, 2001 and 2011. It will also assess whether this differential varies across the population and whether religion affects related outcomes such as economic inactivity. Research questions: 1. Do Catholics have a higher unemployment rate than Protestants in 1991, 2001 and 2011? 2. Can the unemployment differential be explained by factors such as age, education, area of residence, and other factors? 3. Can the unemployment differential be reliably estimated for population sub-groups, e.g. among people who were born in Northern Ireland but live in Scotland? The project is part of a wider comparative analysis involving an ONS-LS project (currently underway) and a Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS) project (completed). The findings of this SLS project will be compared to those for Northern Ireland. It is potentially informative to compare trends in Scotland because this region has a similar history of sectarianism and has experienced many of the same economic and social trends. Scotland did not, however, have a labour market that was argued to have been systemically discriminatory towards Catholics. By understanding how Catholics fare relative to Protestants in such an environment, this project seeks to learn about the importance of this and other contributory factors in the Northern Ireland context.|
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