The Pay-Off from Education: A North-South Comparison

  • Paolo Barbieri
  • Stefani Scherer


Young people’s transition to adulthood is of interest to sociologists and economists alike. Their entry into the labour market is regarded as of crucial importance, given its capacity to structure life history and occupational outcomes. Marked changes in the Italian labour market have included the arrived of ‘atypical’,1 ‘contingent’ and ‘partial guarantee’ jobs, as opposed to traditional Fordist employment relations, with lifelong employment and institutional protection. Taking it as given that these types of job are largely restricted to new labour market entrants (Barbieri et al., 1999; Schizzerotto, Pisati 2003),2 and given the partial and selective deregulation of the Italian labour market in recent years (Esping-Andersen and Regini 2000), the question that arises is whether such jobs should be viewed as traps or stepping stones.


Labour Market Reservation Wage Entry Cohort Regional Unemployment Career Mobility 
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