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Harriet Bradley and Jacques van Hoof

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345882

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345882.001.0001

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Youth unemployment and job-seeking behaviour in Europe

Youth unemployment and job-seeking behaviour in Europe

(p.81) FOUR Youth unemployment and job-seeking behaviour in Europe
Young people in Europe

José Luis Álvaro

Alicia Garrido Luque

Policy Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the theoretical approaches that are generally employed in explaining job seeking and job finding. It then presents the results on job-seeking behaviour and continues with an evaluation of the present employment situation of the respondents. Next, the chapter relates the results to the main theoretical issues of the chapter and highlights some very important policy implications. It concludes that structural constraints in the first place determine the fate of unemployed youth on the labour market. Lastly, the chapter explains that the said conclusion can be seen as a refutation of theories and policy assumptions alike which hold the lack of ‘will and skill’ of young people themselves responsible for their being unemployed.

Keywords:   youth unemployment, job-seeking behaviour, Europe, labour market, will, skill

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