Youth Unemployment and Vocational Training

106 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2012

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Costanza Biavaschi

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Werner Eichhorst

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Corrado Giulietti

Department of Economics

Michael Jan Kendzia

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Alexander Muravyev

Saint Petersburg Branch National Research University Higher School of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Janneke Pieters

IZA; Wageningen UR

Núria Rodríguez-Planas

City University New York (CUNY), Queens College; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ricarda Schmidl

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Harvard University; German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

This paper focuses on the determinants of the labor market situation of young people in developed countries and the developing world, with a special emphasis on the role of vocational training and education policies. We highlight the role of demographic factors, economic growth and labor market institutions in explaining young people's transition into work. We then assess differences in the setup and functioning of the vocational education and training policies in major world regions, as an important driver of differential labor market situation of youth. Based on our analysis we argue in favor of vocational education and training systems combining work experience and general education and give some policy recommendations regarding the implementation of education and training systems adapted to a country's economic and institutional context.

Keywords: vocational education and training, dual vocational training, youth employment, youth unemployment

JEL Classification: J24, I25, O17

Suggested Citation

Biavaschi, Costanza and Eichhorst, Werner and Giulietti, Corrado and Kendzia, Michael Jan and Muravyev, Alexander and Pieters, Janneke and Rodriguez-Planas, Nuria and Schmidl, Ricarda and Zimmermann, Klaus F., Youth Unemployment and Vocational Training. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6890. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2158300

Costanza Biavaschi (Contact Author)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) ( email )

Trondheim NO-7491
Norway

Werner Eichhorst

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Corrado Giulietti

Department of Economics ( email )

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Southampton SO17 1BJ, Hampshire SO17 1LP
United Kingdom

Michael Jan Kendzia

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Alexander Muravyev

Saint Petersburg Branch National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Russia

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

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Germany

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Wageningen UR ( email )

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Netherlands

Nuria Rodriguez-Planas

City University New York (CUNY), Queens College ( email )

65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY 11367-1597
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/nuriarodriguezplanas/

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Ricarda Schmidl

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Harvard University ( email )

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

University of Bonn

Postfach 2220
Bonn, D-53012
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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