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The Growing Challenge of Youth Unemployment in Europe & US: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Radha Jagannathan


This book examines whether or not the youth employment strategies practiced in the high efficiency and expanding economies of the United States and Germany can be adopted successfully in the Mediterranean countries of Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and (southern) France, countries where youth face significant obstacles to employment. A distinguishing feature in the approach taken here is the importance placed on national culture, i.e., shared values and preferences with intergenerational sustainability that can have economic consequences. Like many other books on this subject the importance of ... More

Keywords: Youth unemployment, Cross-cultural perspective, Free-market capitalism, German dual education system, Vocational Education and Training, VET, Entrepreneurship, Human capital development, Not in Education Employment or Training, NEET, Wage subsidy, Minimum wage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529200102
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529200102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Radha Jagannathan, author
Rutgers University

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1 Introduction

Radha Jagannathan

2 Acceptable Jobs and the Epidemic of Youth Unemployment in Southern Italy

Maurizio Caserta, Livio Ferrante, Radha Jagannathan and Simona Monteleone

3 No Jobs, No Hope: The Future of Youth Employment in Spain

José L. Arco-Tirado, Francisco D. Fernández-Martín and Radha Jagannathan

4 Dirigisme Pour L’Ordinaire: Vocational Training in 21st Century France

Michael J. Camasso, Guillaume Moissonnier and Radha Jagannathan

5 Educating Youth for Future Unemployment in Greece

Radha Jagannathan and Ioanna Tsoulou

7 Adaptability of the German Vocational Model to Mediterranean Countries

Jale Tosun, Julia Weiß, Alexa Meyer-Hamme and Marcel Katzlinger

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