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Economic Inactivity of Young Adults: An Intergenerational Analysis

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  • Robert Haveman

    (The Jerome Levy Economics Institute)

  • Barbara Wolfe

    (The Jerome Levy Economics Institute)

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Joblessness among American youth, particularly among nonwhites, has become an issue of increasing national concern. Unemployment rates among such groups, even when adjusted for macroeconomic events such as recessions, continued to rise throughout the post-war period. Statistics also appear to support concerns voiced about economic inactivity rates among females for whom dependence on welfare benefits may have replaced work effort. In this working paper, Haveman and Wolfe examine the available data in order to analyze the incidence of economic inactivity among young adults and the extent to which social and parental choices can explain these behaviors.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Macroeconomics with number 9906014.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 24 Jun 1999
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:9906014

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  1. Robert Haveman & Barbara Wolfe, 1993. "Children's Prospects and Children's Policy," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 7(4), pages 153-174, Fall.
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  1. Fernando Coloma & Bernardita Vial, 2003. "Desempleo e Inactividad Juvenil en Chile," Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía, Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile., vol. 40(119), pages 149-171.

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