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Equality of opportunities for young Italian workers

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  • Francesco Scervini

    () (Università di Pavia)

  • Agnese Peruzzi

    () (Irpet)

  • Enrica Chiappero

    () (Università di Pavia)

Abstract

The duality of the labour market in Italy is a dramatic social and economic issue. Not only the youth unemployment rate is one of the highest in Europe (39.7% in 2014), but also the quality of job contracts is very low for young, compared to elder cohorts. Moreover, Italy is perceived as a low-mobility country, where individual outcomes depend signi cantly on initial conditions and parental background. This paper exploits the heterogeneity of job contracts to investigate whether and how circumstances beyond individual control affect the labour market outcomes of young labour force, not only as the probability of employment, but also as the type of job contract achieved. Results confirm that the role of predetermined conditions is very strong, in particular gender and the region of origin, but also parental labour status. The relative effects and significances of circumstances changed their magnitude over time.

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  • Francesco Scervini & Agnese Peruzzi & Enrica Chiappero, 2016. "Equality of opportunities for young Italian workers," Working papers 38, Società Italiana di Economia Pubblica.
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    1. Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, 2016. "The Space of Inequalities," Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(3), pages 440-446, July.

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    Keywords

    Intergenerational equality of opportunity; Labour market; Job contracts; Inequality.;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J60 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - General

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