The Employment Outlook for Youth: Building Entrepreneurship Ecosystems as a Way Forward

Conference Proceedings of the G20 Youth Forum, 2013

4 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2013 Last revised: 14 Aug 2014

Date Written: April 18, 2013

Abstract

Since the outbreak of the recent financial crisis we have experienced some of the highest rates of youth unemployment in history. If we want to avoid branding the young people as a “Lost Generation”, we need to act quickly. One important active labor market strategy to solve the youth unemployment crisis is entrepreneurship, helping them turn into job creators rather than job seekers. Entrepreneurship has received significant attention over the past decade with a rapid and often uncoordinated increase in entrepreneurship support programs. These constitute a major part of entrepreneurship ecosystems. In order to build effective entrepreneurship ecosystems, we need to understand the components and assessment indices of such ecosystems. This essay proposes a new conceptual framework describing entrepreneurship ecosystems. The proposed framework is expected to support policymakers and practitioners in setting up new entrepreneurship ecosystems and serve as a basis for future research.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship ecosystems, Youth Unemployment, Next Generation

JEL Classification: J60, J64, J38, M13

Suggested Citation

Vogel, Peter, The Employment Outlook for Youth: Building Entrepreneurship Ecosystems as a Way Forward (April 18, 2013). Conference Proceedings of the G20 Youth Forum, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2357856

Peter Vogel (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen ( email )

Dufourstrasse
St. Gallen, 9000
Switzerland

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