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The integration of young people into the labour market: the role of training systems and labour market regulation

Rolf K. W. van der Velden and Maarten H. J. Wolbers

in Transitions from Education to Work in Europe

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780199252473
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601958 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199252475.003.0007
 The integration of young people into the labour market: the role of training systems and labour market regulation

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The integration of young people into the labour market differs considerably between countries. In some countries, young people are smoothly integrated into the labour market, while in others they experience serious and persistent problems. These country differences are systematically structured by national institutional contexts. First of all, labour market regulation matters. Employment protection for the existing labour force has an adverse effect on the integration of young people. In countries with a low degree of employment protection legislation, young people find a (stable) labour market position more easily than in countries with a high degree of employment protection legislation. In addition, it is clear that the presence of an extensive dual system–as a workplace-based vocational training system–improves the transition from school to work in a country.

Keywords: dual system; employment protection; institutional contexts; labour market integration; young people

Chapter.  10329 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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