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Youth unemployment and job-seeking behaviour in Europe

José Luis Álvaro and Alicia Garrido Luque

in Young people in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345882
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345882.003.0005
Youth unemployment and job-seeking behaviour in Europe

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the theoretical approaches that are generally employed in explaining job seeking and job finding. It then presents the results on job-seeking behaviour and continues with an evaluation of the present employment situation of the respondents. Next, the chapter relates the results to the main theoretical issues of the chapter and highlights some very important policy implications. It concludes that structural constraints in the first place determine the fate of unemployed youth on the labour market. Lastly, the chapter explains that the said conclusion can be seen as a refutation of theories and policy assumptions alike which hold the lack of ‘will and skill’ of young people themselves responsible for their being unemployed.

Keywords: youth unemployment; job-seeking behaviour; Europe; labour market; will; skill

Chapter.  7098 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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