Transitions in and out of Unemployment among Young People in the Irish Recession

Authors: Seamus McGuinness , Elish Kelly

Research Areas: Labour Markets and Skills

As the recession has deepened in Ireland, unemployment among young people has risen sharply. This research project, which is being undertaken in collaboration with researchers from the Geary Institute UCD and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), will address the following two questions: i) what are the main characteristics of those individuals that have become unemployed and ii) what is the impact of these characteristics on transitions into and out of unemployment. The research will also examine the extent to which such relationships change over the course of the business cycle from boom (2006-2007) to bust (2011-2012), as well as differences between younger and older individuals. The study will use newly available longitudinal data from the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS), which is collected by the Central Statistics Office, to address these two questions. The research has the potential to inform policy formation in the design of effective labour market policies to assist those that have become unemployed to reintegrate back into the labour market.

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