Economic Inactivity of Young Adults: An Intergenerational Analysis

Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 107

33 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 1999

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Robert Haveman

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Barbara Wolfe

University of Wisconsin-Madison; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); RSSS-economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: March 1994

Abstract

Joblessness among American youth, particularly among non-whites, 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.

Suggested Citation

Haveman, Robert H. and Wolfe, Barbara L., Economic Inactivity of Young Adults: An Intergenerational Analysis (March 1994). Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 107. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=133188 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.133188

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