August 12, 2015

International Youth Day 2015

August 12 is International Youth Day. Established by the UN in 1999, it is an annual celebration of young people as essential partners in change, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges facing the world's youth.

To mark this occasion, we have curated this selection of articles related to young people and the labor market:

School tracking and intergenerational social mobility, by Tuomas Pekkarinen
Does vocational training help young people find a good job? by Werner Eichhorst
Youth sports and the accumulation of human capital, by Michael A. Leeds
The impact of shortening secondary school duration, by Stephen L. Thomsen
Teenage childbearing and labor marketing implications, by Phillip B. Levine
Youth labor market interventions, by Jochen Kluve
Intergenerational return to human capital, by Paul J. Devereux
Is the return to education the same for everybody? by Douglas Webber
Migrants and educational achievement gaps, by Horst Entorf

US economist and IZA World of Labor author Michael Leeds has written an opinion piece on the importance of youth sports for the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills in young people.

Werner Eichhorst, the IZA’s Director of Labor Policy Europe, has compiled a list of the six key issues surrounding youth unemployment in Europe today and how policymakers can improve the situation.

IZA Director, and Editor-in-Chief of IZA World of Labor, Klaus Zimmermann has written a blog post on the importance of vocational training for young people, which you can read on LinkedIn.

For a visual representation of the youth unemployment situation, and the benefits of vocational training as one solution to the crisis, take a look at our infographic on Tumblr.

The UN, and we here at IZA World of Labor, want you to take action! Let us know your opinions and ideas on the youth unemployment crisis, apprenticeships, or anything else related to labor economics and young people. You can do this by following and contacting us on Twitter and Facebook.

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