A Socio-Economic Analysis of Youth Disconnectedness

30 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2010

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Friedhelm Pfeiffer

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); University of Mannheim - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ruben R. Seiberlich

ZHAW School of Management and Law

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Date Written: April 2010

Abstract

Disconnectedness among youth can have several dimensions. From a socio-economic viewpoint, failure in school, unemployment and the lack of an intimate relationship are among the most important ones. In our samples from SOEP youth questionnaires, approximately 13% of young people in Germany between the ages of 17 and 19 are disconnected. The percentage of disconnected youths has been on the rise since 2001. There is evidence that an adverse family background is the most important variable for being disconnected in young adulthood. Macroeconomic factors also contribute to disconnectedness. Recessions are followed by increases in the number of disconnected youth.

Keywords: Disconnected youth, unemployment, school failure, life adversity

JEL Classification: D87, I12, I21, J13

Suggested Citation

Pfeiffer, Friedhelm and Seiberlich, Ruben R., A Socio-Economic Analysis of Youth Disconnectedness (April 2010). SOEPpaper No. 291, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1597117 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1597117

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