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The Afterlife of NEETs

Karen Robson

in Growing Gaps

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732180
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866182 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732180.003.0009
The Afterlife of NEETs

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In the last two to three years, the acronym NEET, for “not in education, employment, or training,” has cropped up in policy discussions surrounding young people's transition from school to work, particularly in the United Kingdom. This new category of young people refers to those who are not just economically inactive but also seemingly completely inactive, occupying an unconstructive (and potentially threatening) position on the social topography. This chapter examines NEET status to see how it has influenced late-life NEET status and how this has differed by country. Data for the analyses come from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP), which is a harmonized sample survey organized and largely funded by Eurostat, covering most member countries of the European Union during its data collection phases (1994–2001).

Keywords: youth; unemployed; educational attainment; Europe; UK; NEET

Chapter.  7899 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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