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Educational choices can help explain income inequality in Germany

Rising levels of income inequality in many developed countries have led to much political and scientific controversy. One of the empirical challenges is to identify the causes and drivers of inequality. A new study by German economists Albrecht Glitz (Universitat … Continue reading

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Youth unemployment in Europe: What employers and policy makers can do

Youth unemployment has become one of the most pressing and highly discussed issues in Europe in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. However, there is major divergence in youth unemployment rates across European countries with massive increases in Spain, Greece, … Continue reading

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Youth unemployment in Europe: key issues

During a panel discussion at the 2nd European Conference at Harvard University on 1 March 2014, IZA Director of Labor Policy Europe, Werner Eichhorst, highlighted five core issues of current youth unemployment in Europe:   There is major divergence in … Continue reading

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Youth unemployment in Old Europe: The polar cases of France and Germany

France and Germany are two polar cases in the European debate about rising youth unemployment. Similar to what can be observed in Southern European countries, a lost generation may arise in France. In stark contrast, youth unemployment has been on … Continue reading

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Explaining the impact of the crisis on young and old workers in the EU

A new research project coordinated by IZA experts Werner Eichhorst and Michael Kendzia and commissioned by the EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs analyzes the impact of the economic crisis on European labor markets, with special attention to the … Continue reading

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What can we learn from Germany’s dual vocational training model?

The youth unemployment rate in Germany has been very low for decades and is currently one of the lowest in the EU. About two thirds of the workforce have a vocational degree in Germany. Is there a causal link? Studies … Continue reading

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Youth unemployment in France at record high: Study recommends activation policies and dual system of vocational training

A French-German team of prominent economists including IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann has presented an expert report to French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault which outlines ways to fight the alarmingly high rate of youth unemployment in the EU’s second-largest country. … Continue reading

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