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Youth Unemployment in Europe: What to do about it?

Eichhorst, W., Hinte, H., Rinne, U., (2013), “Youth Unemployment in Europe: What to do about it?”, IZA Policy Paper, N., 65.

Youth unemployment has become a severe economic and societal problem in many European countries. This paper gives an overview of the current situation and assesses different policy options. It emphasizes the role of stronger intra- EU mobility of young workers, policies to make vocational training systems more effective and to adjust employment protection as well as activating labor market policies. However, short-term remedies are not available, despite the fact that the EU has announced massive European initiatives. Rather, European countries should take the opportunity of the crisis to implement forward- looking structural reforms.