Youth unemployment in the UK: Cyclical fluctuations and the struggle for structural reform

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Abstract

The recent recession in the UK led to only a modest fall in employment, but unemployment was disproportionately concentrated among young people. This chapter discusses the three main policy responses to high youth unemployment. The first focused on raising educational participation in the 16-19 age group. Second, programmes were designed to provide work experience, including wage subsidies, especially for disadvantaged youths. Third, there has been a push to increase apprenticeships for young people, though with limited success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-76
Number of pages12
JournalGeneva Reports on the World Economy
Issue numberFebruary 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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