Early School Leaving and Youth Unemployment

Edited by Saskia De Groof and Mark Elchardus

Early School Leaving and Youth Unemployment

Edited by Saskia De Groof and Mark Elchardus

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

320 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9789081489249 Published July 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
School dropout rates and youth unemployment top social and political agendas throughout Europe. Observers fear that educational failure and chronic joblessness will give rise to a lost generation of young people with seriously diminished prospects.

Drawing on a large study funded by the Brussels-based P&V Foundation, Early School Leaving and Youth Unemployment tackles these vexing phenomena. Contributors from a range of disciplines—including sociology, economics, education, and labor market studies—explore the causes and effects of high dropout rates and youth unemployment. Ultimately, they suggest evidence-based strategies for combating two problems that plague societies across Europe and beyond.

1.  Dealing with early school leaving and youth unemployment: An introduction

            Saskia De Groof and Mark Elchardus

2.  Does school time matter? On the impact of the compulsory education age on school dropout

            Sofie J. Cabus and Kristof De Witte

3.  School segregation and self-fulfilling prophecies as determinants of academic achievement in Flanders

            Orhan Agirdag, Mieke Van Houtte and Piet Van Avermaet

4.  Student persistence and dropout after the transition to post-secondary vocational education in the Netherlands

            Louise Elffers

5.  Increasing student success in disadvantaged areas: Highlights and lessons from the evaluation of the ‘New Approaches, New Solutions’ Intervention Strategy

            Michel Janosz, Jean Bélanger, Christian Dagenais, François Bowen, Phil Abrami, Sylvie Cartier, Roch Chouinard, Jean-Sébastien Fallu, Nadia Desbiens, Gilles Roy, Sophie             Pascal, Larysa Lysenko, and Louis Turcotte

6.  The effects of the fight against early school leaving: Back to education or school-to-work transition?

            Pierre-Yves Bernard and Christophe Michaut

7.  Unemployment amongst early school leavers in Europe: Institutional education and labour market mechanisms

            Stan Van Alphen

8.  Staying on the dole: Profiling the risk of long-term unemployment among young people in Ireland

            Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness and Philip O’Connell

9.  Ethnic discrimination in the flemish labour market for school leavers. Jonas in preference to Okan?

            Stijn Baert, Bart Cockx, Niels Gheyle and Cora Vandamme

10.  Young, jobless and hard to reach: Evidence from nine pilots in the Youth Work Plan in Flanders

            Liesbeth Van Parys, Greet Van Dooren and Ludo Struyven

11.  Dealing with early school leaving and youth unemployment: Some preliminary conclusions

            Saskia De Groof and Mark Elchardus

12.  Appendix 1: List of authors

13.  Appendix 2: List of referees

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