Sociology and Social Anthropology Seminar Series: Youth labor in transition: Inequalities, mobility, and policies in Europe
Youth transitions to employment have become increasingly protracted, precarious and differentiated by gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status and this has been exacerbated by the economic crisis. This presentation draws on selected chapters of the edited OUP volume “Youth Labor in Transition” by O’Reilly, Leschke, Ortlieb, Seeleib-Kaiser and Villa which examines young people’s integration into employment, alongside the decisions and consequences of migrating to find work. A specific focus is placed on key policy challenges for the future related to issues such as NEETs and social protection of young people at unemployment. This illustrates the need to encompass a wider understanding of youth employment and job insecurity in Europe in order to identify effective policy interventions.
Janine Leschke is professor MSO in Comparative Labour Market Analysis at the Department of International Economics, Government and Business at Copenhagen Business School. Her main research area is comparative European labour market and welfare state analysis. She is particularly interested in the interface between labour market flexibility and security. Methodologically she draws on institutional analysis and comparative individual-level micro-data analysis. Furthermore, Janine Leschke is the editor of the Journal of European Social Policy (JESP) and head of the Doctoral School of Organisation and Management Studies (OMS).