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ERIC Number: ED561215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 52
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISBN: 978-0-8330-8687-7
Youth in Jordan: Transitions from Education to Employment
Brown, Ryan Andrew; Constant, Louay; Glick, Peter; Grant, Audra K.
RAND Corporation
Despite strong economic growth during the last decade, youth unemployment in Jordan remains stubbornly high, and labor-force participation markedly low. Young women in particular face labor??market barriers in access to many career paths, and their job aspirations are often discouraged by their parents. Graduates of secondary and postsecondary institutions do not possess the requisite technical and soft skills needed for the jobs they expect to get. Facing poor economic prospects and inadequate income, youth are unable to marry, afford to live independently, or support a family. The youth unemployment crisis appears set to plague the country as well as the Middle East region for years to come in the absence of offsetting policy. This study examines the perceptions of young Jordanian men and women on issues relevant to their transitions into adult roles, specifically aspirations for work and family. To achieve the study objectives, we conducted 13 focus groups and 14 one-on-one qualitative interviews with young Jordanians (ages 15-30). Participants came from the nation's capital, Amman, as well as the less urbanized nearby area of Zarqa. We place these subjective perceptions into perspective through a literature review and secondary analysis of national statistics, as well as interviews with experts. [The research described in this report was sponsored by the RAND Initiative for Middle Eastern Youth and conducted within the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy, part of International Programs at the RAND Corporation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP)
Identifiers - Location: Jordan