ERIC Number: ED201067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Youth Unemployment and Its Educational Consequences.
Levin, Henry M.
An important part of the strategies for reducing youth unemployment in Australia and the United States is to improve the education and training of young persons, especially those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. However, this approach fails to recognize that youth unemployment is also caused by the demographic bulge of youth entering the labor market in recent years, minimum wages for youth that exceed the value of their productivity, and poor economic conditions under which youth suffer more than older job-seekers. This paper explores each of the causes of youth unemployment with respect to underlying arguments, policy implications, and strength of evidence. The preponderance of evidence suggests that the deterioration of economic conditions bears the major responsibility for youth unemployment. Thus, the solution to the problem is not likely to be found primarily in the education arena. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Economic Climate, Economic Factors, Educational Benefits, Foreign Countries, Minimum Wage, Population Growth, Secondary Education, Unemployment, Vocational Education, Youth, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
Institute for Research on Educational Finance and Governance, CERAS Bldg., Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Research on Educational Finance and Governance.
Identifiers: Australia; United States
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Council for Educational Research (50th, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, August 28, 1980).