ERIC Number: ED427116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
The Price We Pay: Young People, Poverty & Long-Term Unemployment in Australia. A Report to the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme.
Crooks, Mary L.; Webb, Marcia; Forster, Jacinda
A study was conducted of the social and economic costs of persistently high youth unemployment in Australia. The impact of youth unemployment and education, training, and employment policies that might help the situation were also studied. Data were obtained from 13 focus groups, involving 102 young people who were not employed or were from families that had experienced the effects of long-term unemployment. Following an introduction to the costs and consequences of youth unemployment, section 2 outlines some key socioeconomic dimensions of Australia's young population, along with labor market trends, and the incidence of long-term unemployment. Section 3 examines the issues of poverty and long-term unemployment, focusing on social aspects. Section 4 outlines the educational, training, and employment responses that have characterized Australia's response to structural change, labor adjustment, and continuing high unemployment. Section 5 considers the costs of unemployment, and section 6 summarizes the conclusions and calls for innovative thinking by policymakers to improve the unemployment situation. Appendixes contain the participant questionnaire and a list of organizations and individuals participating in key discussions. (Contains 1 figure, 13 tables, and 183 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Costs, Economic Factors, Educational Attainment, Foreign Countries, Labor Market, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Social Problems, Socioeconomic Status, Training, Unemployment, Young Adults
Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, ACYS, Youth Studies Australia, GPO Box 252-64, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia ($17 includes postage in Australia and New Zealand; overseas postage extra).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Youth Affairs Research Scheme (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia