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Economic Inactivity of Young Adults: An Intergenerational Analysis


  • Robert Haveman
  • Barbara Wolfe


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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  • Robert Haveman & Barbara Wolfe, 1994. "Economic Inactivity of Young Adults: An Intergenerational Analysis," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_107, Levy Economics Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:lev:wrkpap:wp_107

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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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