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Romanian Rural Youth – Socio-Economic Resilience Factor


  • Monica Mihaela TUDOR

    () (Institute of Agricultural Economics, Romanian Academy, Bucharest)


The age structure of the active rural population constantly deteriorated in the last decade, with significant influences on the innovating capacity of the labour recruitment pool. The analysis of the interest in education by rural population’s age groups reveals a contradictory evolution in the case of the rural young generation. Unfortunately, the young people (under 35 years) are becoming less and less interested in graduating secondary and higher education levels than older generations. In the period 1996-2012, the number of rural people aged 25-34 years who graduated a low educational level practically doubled, the share of this educational category in total rural population from the above-mentioned age group reaching 42%. In this way, the young population risks to endanger its access opportunities and active involvement in the labour market. In these conditions, the chance for the Romanian rural youth to become a factor for building the socio-economic resilience at the level of rural areas is problematic.

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  • Monica Mihaela TUDOR, 2015. "Romanian Rural Youth – Socio-Economic Resilience Factor," Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Institute of Agricultural Economics, vol. 12(2), pages 215-222.
  • Handle: RePEc:iag:reviea:v:12:y:2015:i:2:p:215-222

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    resilience; human capital; young population; rural; Romania;

    JEL classification:

    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development


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