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Youth unemployment in Spain: causes and solutions

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  • Juan Ramon Garcia

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Youth unemployment in Spain is a persistent phenomenon that has worsened during the current crisis. And at the levels now being registered (46.1% in 2Q11), the measures to fight it can be delayed no longer. The evidence presented in this document indicates that there are serious shortcomings in Spain\'s education system and labour market, which explain the country\'s relatively high level of youth unemployment. The former include early school leaving and the imbalance between job supply and demand at the different education levels attained, which complicates youngsters\' access to the labour market and has a negative impact on their professional career. While the most significant among the latter are the segmentation of the labour market and the ineffectiveness of active labour market policies. Therefore, extenuating youth unemployment requires coordinated action between education and the labour market trough measures as the ones suggested in this document.

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  • Juan Ramon Garcia, 2011. "Youth unemployment in Spain: causes and solutions," Working Papers 1131, BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department.
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    1. Angel de la Fuente & José E. Boscá, 2011. "Gasto educativo por regiones y niveles en 2005," UFAE and IAE Working Papers 873.11, Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC).
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    1. Adrian Cantemir CALIN & Oana Cristina POPOVICI, 2015. "The European approach on youth employment. Survey on the ease of finding jobs among the Romanian students in economic sciences (International Conference “EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE OF LABOR MARKET - INOVATI," Institute for Economic Forecasting Conference Proceedings 141101, Institute for Economic Forecasting.
    2. Adrian Cantemir CALIN & Oana Cristina POPOVICI, 2015. "INSIGHTS ON THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE ROMANIAN LABOUR MARKET. A DESCRIPTION OF THE POVERTY STATE AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SOCIAL TRANSFERS (International Conference “EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE OF LABOR MAR," Institute for Economic Forecasting Conference Proceedings 141112, Institute for Economic Forecasting.
    3. Dan Marin Boaja, 2011. "Youth Unemployment Rate In European Union. Regional Approach - Romania," Annals of University of Craiova - Economic Sciences Series, University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 1(39), pages 180-185.
    4. Dan Marin Boaja, 2011. "Youth Unemployment Rate In European Union. Regional Approach - Romania," Annals of University of Craiova - Economic Sciences Series, University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 1(39), pages 118-123.

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    Keywords

    young une; Youth unemployment; early school leaving; overqualification; temporariness; active labour market policies;

    JEL classification:

    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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