Adapting to Circumstances: The Evolution of Work, School, and Living Arrangements Among North American Youth
AbstractWe use comparable micro data sets for the U.S. and Canada to study the responses of young workers to the external labor market forces that have affected the two countries over the past 25 years. We find that young workers adjust to changes in labor market opportunities through a variety of mechanisms, including changes in living arrangements, changes in school enrollment, and changes in work effort. In particular, we find that poor labor market conditions in Canada explain why the fraction of youth living with their parents has increased in Canada relative to the U.S. recently. Paradoxically, this move back home also explains why the relative position of Canadian youth in the distribution of family income did not deteriorate as fast as in the U.S.
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Date of creation: Aug 1997
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Publication status: published as David Card, Thomas Lemieux. "Adapting to Circumstances (The Evolution of Work, School,and Living Arrangements among North American Youth)," in David G. Blanchflower and Richard B. Freeman, editors, "Youth Employment and Joblessness in Advanced Countries" University of Chicago Press (2000)
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- David Card & Thomas Lemieux, 2000. "Adapting to Circumstances (The Evolution of Work, School,and Living Arrangements among North American Youth)," NBER Chapters, in: Youth Employment and Joblessness in Advanced Countries, pages 171-214 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- E69 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Other
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