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Youth Labour Market Performance in Spain and its Determinants: A Micro-Level Perspective

  • Juan J. Dolado

    (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

  • Marcel Jansen

    (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

  • Florentino Felgueroso

    (Universidad de Oviedo)

  • Andrés Fuentes


  • Anita Wölfl


This paper provides both descriptive and empirical evidence about the main youth labour market problems in Spain. Using the experiences of other EU economies as a benchmark, we document the performance of Spain as regards a wide set of youth labour market dimensions. These include employment and unemployment rates, youth wages, decisions to work and study, youth mobility, type of employment contract, time to find a first job, skill mismatch, etc. Cross-country econometric evidence from different micro-datasets is reported to understand the role played by several underlying supply/demand factors which might explain the difficulties faced by the Spanish youth labour market ( L'insertion des jeunes sur le marché du travail espagnol : résultats et facteurs déterminants - une perspective microéconomique Le présent document apporte des éléments descriptifs et empiriques sur les problèmes principaux auxquels sont confrontés les jeunes sur le marché du travail en Espagne. Nous comparons les résultats de l'Espagne avec ceux d’autres États membres de l’UE au regard de multiples indicateurs de l’emploi des jeunes, notamment les taux d’emploi et de chômage, le salaire des jeunes actifs, les décisions relatives au travail et aux études, la mobilité des jeunes, les types de contrat de travail, la durée nécessaire pour trouver un premier emploi, l’inadéquation des compétences, etc. Des données économétriques internationales, tirées de plusieurs micro-bases de données, sont utilisées pour mieux comprendre le rôle joué par plusieurs facteurs sous-jacents de l’offre et de la demande pouvant expliquer les difficultés du marché du travail des jeunes en Espagne (

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 1039.

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Date of creation: 27 Mar 2013
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Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:1039-en
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