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Youth Labor in Transition: Inequalities, Mobility, and Policies in Europe

Jacqueline O'Reilly, Janine Leschke, Renate Ortlieb, Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, and Paola Villa


Youth transitions to employment and adulthood have become increasingly protracted and precarious. The Great Recession exacerbated these difficulties. The varied European experiences affect young people differently in terms of their gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, even in successful countries. Youth Labor in Transition examines young people’s integration into employment, transitions affected by the family and moving away to live independently, and the decisions and consequences of migrating to find work and later returning home. The authors identify some of the key challenges for t ... More

Keywords: youth employment, unemployment, transitions, comparative policy analysis, job insecurity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190864798
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190864798.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline O'Reilly, editor
Full Professor, University of Sussex Business School, UK

Janine Leschke, editor
Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School

Renate Ortlieb, editor
Professor of Human Resource Management, University of Graz, Austria

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1 Comparing Youth Transitions in Europe

Jacqueline O’Reilly, Janine Leschke, Renate Ortlieb, Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, and Paola Villa

Part I Comparing Problematic Youth Transitions to Work

2 Where do Young People Work?

Raffaele Grotti, Helen Russell, and Jacqueline O’Reilly

3 How Does the Performance of School-to-Work Transition Regimes Vary in the European Union?

Kari P. Hadjivassiliou, Arianna Tassinari, Werner Eichhorst, and Florian Wozny

4 Stressed Economies, Distressed Policies, and Distraught Young People

Mark Smith, Janine Leschke, Helen Russell, and Paola Villa

5 Labor market flexibility and income security

Janine Leschke and Mairéad Finn

Part II Transitions Around Work and the Family

7 How do youth labor flows differ from those of older workers?

Vladislav Flek, Martin Hála, and Martina Mysíková

8 How can young people’s employment quality be assessed dynamically?

Gabriella Berloffa, Eleonora Matteazzi, Gabriele Mazzolini, Alina Şandor, and Paola Villa

9 Youth transitions and job quality

Marianna Filandri, Tiziana Nazio, and Jacqueline O’Reilly

10 The worklessness legacy

Gabriella Berloffa, Eleonora Matteazzi, and Paola Villa

11 Stuck in the parental nest?

Fernanda Mazzotta and Lavinia Parisi

Part III Transitions Across Europe

14 Europe’s promise for jobs?

Thees F. Spreckelsen, Janine Leschke, and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

16 What are the employment prospects for young Estonian and Slovak return migrants?

Jaan Masso, Lucia Mýtna Kureková, Maryna Tverdostup, and Zuzana Žilincˇíková

Part IV Challenging Futures for Youth

18 Youth Overeducation in Europe

Seamus McGuinness, Adele Bergin, and Adele Whelan

19 Do scarring effects vary by ethnicity and gender?

Carolina V. Zuccotti and Jacqueline O’Reilly

20 Do business start-ups create high-quality jobs for young people?

Renate Ortlieb, Maura Sheehan, and Jaan Masso

23 Integrating perspectives on youth labor in transition

Jacqueline O’Reilly, Janine Leschke, Renate Ortlieb, Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, and Paola Villa

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