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Spatial variations and clustering in the rates of youth unemployment and NEET

Steve Bradley, Giuseppe Migali () and Maria Navarro Paniagua

No 262342718, Working Papers from Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department

Abstract: We investigate the ‘determinants’ of spatial variations in youth unemployment and NEET rates, and the presence of spatial clusters, for Italy, Spain and the UK. Using Labour Force Survey data for the period 1993-2011 at a ‘regional’ level we obtain broadly consistent measures of quarterly youth unemployment and NEET rates. Our findings suggest that youths are sensitive to aggregate labour market conditions with older youths being more cyclically sensitive than are teenagers. We find a discouraged worker effect, again larger for older youths than for teenagers. In the UK and Spain, temporary jobs are preferred to part-time jobs, perhaps as a way of avoiding unemployment, whereas in Italy the opposite occurs. There is evidence of spatial clustering of youth unemployment and NEET rates. Our paper concludes with a discussion of the implications for regional and labour market policies.

Keywords: Youth unemployment; Regions; NEET; Clusters (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R11 R23 J40 J60 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-lab and nep-ure
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