ERIC Number: ED452371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Putting the Young in Business: Policy Challenges for Youth Entrepreneurship. Territorial Development. LEED Notebook No. 29.
Policies and practices promoting youth entrepreneurship in Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) member countries were reviewed. Special attention was paid to the following issues: youth unemployment; contrasting employment situations and policy approaches in individual OECD countries; a definition of self-employment; and the state of entrepreneurship and attitudes toward it in OECD countries. Emerging program approaches to youth entrepreneurship were examined. Special attention was paid to "best practice" examples and international youth business networks. The issues of teaching teachers, teaching entrepreneurship at all levels (primary, secondary, and tertiary), and entrepreneurship training were also discussed. It was concluded that although youth unemployment is a highly intractable problem affecting all OECD member countries, globalization and other factors are causing economic development strategies to become increasingly local and regional. It was further concluded that entrepreneurial activity is a complex process whose outcome depends on a number of factors that are either not economic or only tangentially economic. The following policy suggestions were offered: (1) the field must become more institutionalized; (2) more program evaluation is needed; (3) more cooperative connections with other schools are required; and (4) young entrepreneurs need more networks and support groups among themselves. (Twelve figures/tables/boxes are included. The bibliography lists 31 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Business Education, Comparative Analysis, Definitions, Delivery Systems, Economic Climate, Economic Development, Economic Impact, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Elementary Education, Entrepreneurship, Foreign Countries, Influences, International Cooperation, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Networks, Organizational Development, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Self Employment, Small Businesses, Synthesis, Teacher Education, Trend Analysis, Unemployment, Work Attitudes, Youth Employment
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: Australia