When the Global Downturn Hits the Youth Bulge: Challenges and Opportunities for (Female) Youth Employment and Social Advancement

Asian Institute of Management Business and Development Research Working Paper 13-004

52 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2013

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Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Maria Komarecki

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Sheila Murthy

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Date Written: January 1, 2013

Abstract

Developing countries are presently experiencing or are shortly expected to see a “youth bulge” (a large number of young people in the national population) — some 71 in total and 11 in Asia alone — will face relatively greater employment and human capital investment challenges as a result of the global economic crisis and its medium term ramifications. Additionally, gender inequalities could also be exacerbated by the global crisis, increasing the risks particularly for female youth. To help address these issues and as a contribution to the policy discussions toward a more inclusive social and economic recovery from the crisis, this paper examines the extent to which countries with imminent or anticipated youth bulges, combined with historically persistent gender inequality, are likely to be impacted by the crisis. As a second contribution this paper develops a framework for understanding the risks faced by girls throughout the lifecycle, with an additional focus on intergenerational transmission of poverty.

Keywords: economic crisis, coping strategies, countercyclical fiscal policy, social protection, fiscal space, girls

JEL Classification: E62, H50, O23

Suggested Citation

Mendoza, Ronald U. and Komarecki, Maria and Murthy, Sheila, When the Global Downturn Hits the Youth Bulge: Challenges and Opportunities for (Female) Youth Employment and Social Advancement (January 1, 2013). Asian Institute of Management Business and Development Research Working Paper 13-004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2293728 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2293728

Ronald U. Mendoza (Contact Author)

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Katipunan Road
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Maria Komarecki

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF) ( email )

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

Sheila Murthy

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF) ( email )

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

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