Papers

Review paper on employment potential for NEETs through alternative sectors

This output will review the state-of-the-art issues related to employment potential for NEETs through economic sectors with potential for alternative policies (e.g., socially centered platform economies, co-working spaces and RnD investments). It will take a cross-national approach, incorporating the insights from several partners across EEA countries. Coinciding with the Youth Guarantee, there have been many innovative policies implemented across Europe targeting NEETs and youth unemployment. It will review these policies and any existing evidence, and in doing so, provide a key resource for informing the policy debate in this area.

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Review paper on state-of-the-art of living wage & re-/ up-skilling policies for NEETs

This paper will review the existing literature that compiles impact studies and best practices on living wage policies, as well as re-/ up-skilling policies focused on reducing the skills gap between young NEETs and the emerging skills demanded in the labour market. The paper will especially focus on the 2 vulnerable target groups in less-developed peripheral EEA regions. Purpose of the paper is to disseminate the extensive work conducted mainly in previous outputs, as well as to provide state-of-the-art knowledge regarding living wage and skills gap. In doing so, it will provide a key resource for informing the policy debate in this area.

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Paper on impact of youth employment policies for NEETs through alternative sectors

This output will build upon previous outputs, to assess the impact of youth employment policies for NEETs through alternative economic sectors with potential for sharing/co-working across peripheral EEA regions. There will be a focus on economic sectors with potential for alternative policies (e.g. socially-centered platform economy / co-working spaces). A key input for this will be the review paper (output 8). By combining this with the evidence from output 3, we will provide broad indicators and methodologies assessing the impact of youth employment policies. The effectiveness of such policies will also be examined in light of the insights gained from output 7 regarding the drivers of youth employment in Europe.

Paper on impact of existing and potential policies (e.g. living wage, minimum wage)

This paper will build upon previous outputs, to assess the impact of youth employment policies and the potential impact of special policies (e.g. basic income, minimum wage) upon NEET employment across peripheral EEA regions. In particular, the article will address the impact of an increase in the minimum wage and the introduction of living wage on the employment prospects of skilled and unskilled NEETs and youth in the regions of interest. By examining such common, yet of questionable impact, policies, it will be feasible to extract generalisable results for a significant number of peripheral regions in which similar policies are being inefficiently implemented.

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