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Youth Unemployment in Europe: What to Do about It?

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  • Eichhorst, Werner

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    (IZA)

  • Hinte, Holger

    ()
    (IZA)

  • Rinne, Ulf

    ()
    (IZA)

Abstract

Youth unemployment has become a severe economic and societal problem in many European countries. This paper gives an overview of the current situation and assesses different policy options. It emphasizes the role of stronger intra-EU mobility of young workers, policies to make vocational training systems more effective and to adjust employment protection as well as activating labor market policies. However, short-term remedies are not available, despite the fact that the EU has announced massive European initiatives. Rather, European countries should take the opportunity of the crisis to implement forward-looking structural reforms.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Policy Papers with number 65.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
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Publication status: published in: Intereconomics, 2013, 48 (4), 230-235 [Details & Download]
Handle: RePEc:iza:izapps:pp65

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Keywords: fixed-term contracts; Europe; vocational training; youth unemployment;

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  1. Cahuc, Pierre & Carcillo, Stéphane & Rinne, Ulf & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2013. "Youth Unemployment in Old Europe: The Polar Cases of France and Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 7490, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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