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Youth Labour Flows and Unemployment in Great Recession: Comparing Spain and the Czech Republic


  • Flek Vladislav


  • Mysíková Martina

    () (Metropolitan University Prague, Center for European Economic and Social Studies (CEESS), Prokopova 16, 130 00 Prague 3, Czech Republic. Work on this paper has benefited from funding from the European Union´s 7th Framework Programme (Grant Agreement no. 613256, project name: “Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe”). EU-SILC data were made available to the authors on the basis of contract no. EU-SILC/2012/66 between the European Commission, Eurostat, and Metropolitan University Prague. Our thanks are due to Martin Hála, Seamus McGuinness, Pavel Mertlík, Jirí Vecerník, Pavlína Žáková and two anonymous referees for their helpful comments. However, the authors alone remain responsible for the results)


Using Spain and the Czech Republic as examples of two EU countries with different labour market performance, we apply a gross flow analysis based on EU-SILC longitudinal data. We find that while in Spain the increases in youth unemployment are driven mostly by young people who lose their jobs, in the Czech Republic, this is mainly due to new labour market entrants who failed to find a job. The analysis of flow transition rates suggests that youth labour markets with enormously high unemployment rates have not failed in all relevant respects. Their development seems to be hindered predominantly by high risk of job losses and diminishing employment prospects of the unemployed, rather than by impeded transitions from inactivity to employment. In countries with lower youth unemployment rates, unemployment policy agenda appears to be challenged by quite the opposite tendency

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  • Flek Vladislav & Mysíková Martina, 2015. "Youth Labour Flows and Unemployment in Great Recession: Comparing Spain and the Czech Republic," Review of Economic Perspectives, De Gruyter Open, vol. 15(2), pages 179-195, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:vrs:reoecp:v:15:y:2015:i:2:p:179-195:n:4

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