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The impact of Covid-19 pandemic on youth employment: a southern EU perspective

Gialis, Stelios and Kapitsinis, Nikolaos ORCID: 2020. The impact of Covid-19 pandemic on youth employment: a southern EU perspective. A Study on Youth Employment in the 15+3 EU Beneficiary Countries of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment dueing COVID-19 Challenges, Fund for Youth Employment-EEA and Norway Grants.

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The COVID-19 pandemic, the health emergency and the subsequent economic crisis have strongly affected socio-economic life across the globe. The health crisis has implied severe economic turbulence, caused mainly by unprecedented mitigation policies and lockdown measures, with significant disruptive effect on economic activity and detrimental effects on employment. However, these effects have been socially stratified and geographically differentiated. Some sectors, such as hospitality and tourism, have been hit much worse than have others, leading to significant economic disruption for those places with high concentrations of workers employed in such sectors. Likewise, those regions and countries that were most affected by the 2008 global economic crisis and that were still recovering when the pandemic broke have tended to experience worse economic outcomes than have those which were in better economic position. Although a number of studies related to the COVID-19 impact upon employment have been published, these have generally focused upon national-level analyses (Coibion et al, 2020; Nicola et al, 2020; exceptions are Bailey et al, 2020 and Rose-Redwood et al, 2020). Furthermore, although some (e.g., Mongey and Weinberg, 2020) have explored how different types of workers have been differentially impacted by the pandemic, few have considered the potential for young employees’ individual or collective agency to push back against the new ‘Great Recession’ . By way of contrast, here we want to make some brief observations about the pandemic through an analysis of its impacts upon sub-national labour markets and young employees therein. In so doing we comment upon two elements of the pandemic, these being: i) the COVID-19 uneven regional impact across the Southern EU with a special emphasis on the Greek regions and the NEET population; and ii) the need for youth-oriented agencies and institutions to develop spatially-informed responses challenging the increasing economic precariousness which COVID-19 has unleashed.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Publisher: Fund for Youth Employment-EEA and Norway Grants
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 09:53

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