NEW IDEAS for CHANGE
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
is an economic analyst at IPPR.
The author would like to thank Lars Thies of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Susanna Holzer of the Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees and Rod Smith of Pearson for their comments on an earlier draft of this paper. Thanks also to Tony Dolphin and Graeme Cooke at IPPR for their valuable input and support throughout the project, and to Paul Gregg, Paul Bivand and Jonathan Wadsworth. This research has been generously supported by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees, the Association of Colleges and Pearson.
ABOUT THE ‘TACKLING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT’ PROJECT
This paper is the second report from IPPR’s project, ‘Tackling youth unemployment: lessons from Europe’. This project is asking what lessons can be learned from the experiences of other countries about how best to tackle the short-term and underlying causes of rising youth unemployment. Following this paper, several in-depth country case studies will be published that look at how education and labour market policies help or hinder young people as they transition into work, as well as the role of other stakeholders such as businesses and employee representatives. While this paper provides a broad overview of trends across Europe as a whole, the case studies will dig deeper to unpick how policy functions in speciﬁc country contexts. We will also be publishing an in-depth study on the UK, drawing together the ﬁndings of the project and formulating a set of recommendations to inform the policy debate on youth unemployment.
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