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Maarten H.J. Wolbers (Department of Social Research Methodology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Free University Amsterdam). AIAS Lunch Seminar.

Event details of Patterns of labour market entry: A comparative perspective on school-to-work transitions in eleven European countries
Date 2 February 2006
Time 11:15 -12:15

Maarten H.J. Wolbers (Department of Social Research Methodology, Faculty of Social Sciences,
Free University Amsterdam)

Patterns of labour market entry: A comparative perspective on school-to-work transitions in eleven European countries


Abstract:
The integration of young people into the labour market differs considerably across European countries. There are marked cross-national differences not only in terms of youth unemployment, but also in terms of the quality of the jobs in which young people are employed. This paper explores cross-national patterns of labour market entry among school-leavers in eleven European countries, taking into account existing national institutional settings. It is hypothesised that national differences in employment protection legislation and the vocational specificity of the education system, in addition to the structural effect of macroeconomic conditions in the labour market, attribute to the observed cross-national variation in youth labour market integration. On the basis of the EU LFS 2000 ad hoc module on school-to-work transitions, the speed, the quality and the stability of the labour market entry process are analysed. The results of the empirical analysis indicate that national institutional differences regarding employment protection legislation and the vocational specificity of the education system do indeed affect differences in labour market entry patterns among schoolleavers between European countries. However, the impact of both institutional features varies considerably by level of education.

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