Comparing long-term scarring effects of unemployment across countries: the impact of graduating during an economic downturn

Helbling, Laura Alexandra; Sacchi, Stefan; Imdorf, Christian (2019). Comparing long-term scarring effects of unemployment across countries: the impact of graduating during an economic downturn. In: Hvinden, Bjørn; O'Reilly, Jacqueline; Schoyen, Mi Ah; Hyggen, Christer (eds.) Negotiating Early Job Insecurity. Well-being, Scarring and Resilience of European Youth (pp. 68-89). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar 10.4337/9781788118798.00011

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This chapter investigates the extent to which graduating in a bad economy scars the careers of youth cohorts in terms of increased future unemployment and over-representation in fixed-term and involuntary part-time work. Using data from the European Union’s Labour Force Survey, we explore these dynamics of scarring from a cross-country comparative perspective, focusing on the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Finland. These countries make for interesting cases because they differ remarkably on institutional and economic dimensions. Overall, we find that bad luck in the timing of labour market entry can scar future careers, even over the long run. Manifold factors might explain the observed variation in scarring effects across different institutional settings. A sound conceptualization of the institutional framing of long-term scarring effects requires a well-established micro theory of these effects’ behavioural foundations, regarding both employers and jobseekers or workers

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Sacchi, Stefan

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISBN:

9781788118781

Publisher:

Edward Elgar

Funders:

[103] European Commission FP7

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stefan Sacchi

Date Deposited:

16 Apr 2019 15:34

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 03:14

Publisher DOI:

10.4337/9781788118798.00011

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.127174

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127174

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