OECD Economics Department Working Papers

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1815-1973 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/18151973
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Author(s):
Alberto González Pandiella1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

Publication Date
09 Dec 2013
Bibliographic information
No.:
1101
Pages
41
DOI
10.1787/5k3twr9k6s7h-en

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Irish youth was hit hard by the crisis. Many young workers have remained unemployed for a long time and, unless it is tackled promptly, this issue will become one of the most enduring legacies of the recession. New labourmarket policy initiatives have been introduced recently, but more will be needed to limit scarring effects and keep youth connected so that they can get back to work as soon as the recovery strengthens. For many young workers learning new skills is the way to get ready. The Irish economy is shifting away from bricks and mortar towards knowledge-based services, and those previously employed in construction-related activities need to acquire the skills and competencies required in these expanding sectors. For those who have already drifted into more marginalised environments, a longer process of rehabilitation will be necessary to escape poverty and social exclusion. This chapter recommends focusing limited fiscal resources on policies empirically-proven to help regain employment; this will require systematic and rigorous evaluation of labour-market programmes and policy decisions to close down ineffective schemes while strengthening successful ones.
Keywords:
unemployment, education, disadvantaged youth, not in Education, labour market programmes, vocational education, apprenticeships, Ireland, labour markets, youth, youth entrepreneurship, employment
JEL Classification:
  • I28: Health, Education, and Welfare / Education and Research Institutions / Government Policy
  • J21: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor / Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
  • J24: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor / Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
  • J60: Labor and Demographic Economics / Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies / General
  • J88: Labor and Demographic Economics / Labor Standards: National and International / Public Policy