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The Youth Experience Gap

Explaining National Differences in the School-to-Work Transition

  • Francesco Pastore

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Economics book series (BRIEFSECONOMICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Francesco Pastore
    Pages 1-61

About this book

Introduction

“The education to work transition of young people is key to a successful work-life and to fight youth unemployment. The book provides an impressive outline of the facts and convincing insights of the potential causes. This offers a large and broader audience help to adjust properly to achieve a better life.”
Klaus F. Zimmermann, IZA, Bonn, Germany

This work points to the youth experience gap as a key concept to explain the meager employment opportunities and earnings many young people face.The transition from education to work remains a long dark tunnel around the world. However, this book shows that there are striking differences between countries: in Germany, the young people of today are no worse off than their adult counterparts, while in Southern European and Eastern European countries they fare 3 through 4 times worse.

The current economic and financial crisis has further exacerbated the situation for young people in many advanced economies. Observers are divided as to the optimal design of youth employment policy. Liberalists believe that the market itself should address youth disadvantages. More flexible labor markets should also guarantee greater labor turnover, including temporary work, so as to allow young people to move from one job to the next until they accumulate the work experience they need to become more employable and find the right career. In contrast, other economists oppose approaches focusing on entry flexibility and temporary work, claiming that the former type helps only the most skilled and motivated target groups, while the latter only allows young people to gather generic, not job-specific work experience.                         

Keywords

European Youth Guarantee Labor Policy Lisbon Strategy Youth Experience Gap Youth Unemployment

Authors and affiliations

  • Francesco Pastore
    • 1
  1. 1.Palazzo MelziUniversity of Naples IISanta Maria Capua Vetere (CE)Italy

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10196-5
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-10195-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-10196-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5504
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5512
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