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Call for Papers: ARI Conference on Labor Market Uncertainties for Youth and Young Adults

March 8, 2017

The falling fertility rates and increasing aging population in many Asian countries have led to a shrinking proportion of working-age population hence a disappearing of the first demographic dividend. How to make full use of the working age population thus becomes a critical issue. Since the global recession in 2008, the high unemployment rates have become a concern for most countries. During the economic downturns, notably around 1997 and 2008, unemployment rates for youth have soared in many countries to levels significantly higher than those in other age groups. For instance, the youth unemployment rate in Southeast Asia is projected to be 13.6 percent in 2017, higher than 12.4 in 2015.

The heterogeneity of youth unemployment in Asia warrants careful examinations. For example, the gender gap in youth unemployment varies by regions. In East Asia, the youth unemployment rate for males has been higher than females since the late 1990s. In Southeast Asia, female youth unemployment is projected to reach 14.1 percent in 2017. These unemployment patterns also vary by other individual traits, family SES, and policy contexts. In addition, the long-term unemployment (with a duration longer than one year) has also increased in countries such as Japan and India. Less documented is the underemployment pattern among youth and young adult labor.

Call for papers deadline: 8 March, 2017

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Asia Research Institute, ARI Seminar Room
AS8 Level 4, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge Campus


Call for Papers: ARI Conference on Labor Market Uncertainties for Youth and Young Adults


March 8, 2017