When the Global Crisis and Youth Bulge Collide: Double the Jobs Trouble for Youth

49 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2012 Last revised: 27 Apr 2012

Isabel Ortiz

United Nations - International Labour Organization (ILO); Initiative for Policy Dialogue

Matthew Cummins

UNICEF

Date Written: February 20, 2012

Abstract

This working paper: (i) describes recent labour market trends; (ii) analyzes how young people are experiencing a double employment crisis as a result of the demographic phenomenon known as the ‘youth bulge,’ which aggravates the already low demand for labour during the economic downturn; (iii) explores the household level impacts of the jobs crisis, with particular attention to the severe risks posed to children and young workers; (iv) discusses policy responses during the two phases of the crisis - fiscal expansion (2008-09) and fiscal contraction (2010); and (v) presents a UN agenda on how to generate decent employment, which covers macroeconomic and sector policy options along with labour-specific strategies to place jobs, especially for youth, at the center of recovery efforts.

Keywords: youth employment, youth bulge, jobs, crisis recovery, development policy, crisis impacts

JEL Classification: J1, J21, J48, J8, E24, E6, H12

Suggested Citation

Ortiz, Isabel and Cummins, Matthew, When the Global Crisis and Youth Bulge Collide: Double the Jobs Trouble for Youth (February 20, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2029794 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2029794

Isabel Ortiz

United Nations - International Labour Organization (ILO) ( email )

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Initiative for Policy Dialogue ( email )

Columbia University
New York, NY
United States

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Matthew Cummins (Contact Author)

UNICEF ( email )

P. O. Box 4884
New York, NY
United States

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