“What works? The effectiveness of youth employment programs”
Berlin, Germany, 29 – 30 June 2017
Young people out of work are a population at risk in developed and developing economies alike: first, the average share of jobless youths is typically twice as high as the corresponding share among adults. Second, youth unemployment shows excess cyclical volatility, i.e. youths’ probability of job loss during recessions exceeds that of adult workers. “Scarring effects” exacerbate the consequences of youth unemployment, as time out-of-work early in the lifecycle negatively impacts long-term labor market outcomes. Fourth, in low- and middle income countries, youths struggle to enter a quality job, due to lack of skills, lack of access to education, or lack of information. Finally, all these patterns may lead to discouraging youths entirely, leaving them outside of employment, education, and training.
The conference brings together policy makers and government officials, practitioners from NGOs, experts from international organizations, and researchers working on aspects of helping disadvantaged youths find quality employment. The focus of the conference is to learn about effective youth policies. We expect and will encourage a lively and open discussion among all conference attendees.
The event takes place at the GIZ-Haus in the heart of Berlin https://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/2119.html. The conference is part of a research project that RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research is conducting together with GIZ – Sector Project Employment Promotion, the International Labour Organisation ILO, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank IDB. The project is financed by the Leibniz Association.
Please register here. There is no conference or registration fee.
Conference organizer: Prof. Jochen Kluve, RWI and Humboldt University Berlin.