The 13th October 2014, three STYLE partners (University of Turin, University of Trento and University of Brighton) involved in WP8 Family drivers met in Turin to discuss the work-in-progress for task 1 (Work-poor families) and task 2 (Family strategies).

The research group from the University of Turin included Marianna Filandri, Tiziana Nazio and Nicola Negri, the research group from the University of Trento included Gabriella Berloffa, Eleonora Matteazzi, Gabriele Mazzolini and Paola Villa, and the group for the University of Brighton included Carolina Zuccotti and Jacqueline O’Reilly, who joined the meeting via Skype. They also enjoyed the presence of Serena Boccardo, a Ph.D student at the University of Trento.

The meeting has been intense, enjoyable and very constructive.

Turin meeting

The first objective of the meeting was to present and discuss some preliminary empirical evidence on youth unemployment in Europe and the role of parental background based on EU-SILC and SHARE data. The group of Trento presented some descriptive statistics showing how youth unemployment is heterogeneous across European countries and how the phenomenon of youth unemployment is, to some extent, puzzling. Indeed, many young unemployed people declare positive and sizeable labour earnings. Preliminary evidences also suggest that the probability for young people to be unemployed differs to a significant extent depending on whether young people are living independently or with parents. The group of Turin pointed out how families have a complex structure: the young siblings might be living with their parents while some others may have become independent already. The calendars of emancipation are different across Europe, which reflect how employment (as precondition to economic independence) and the process of residential independence are strictly interrelated and mediated by the opportunities and provisions made available to young people in different countries. The group of Turin also discussed the importance of capturing the different circumstances of young people and presented some analytical strategies to analyse these complexities.

The second objective of the meeting was to identify a set of common definitions about key aspects of the analysis, across the different tasks, within WP8. At the end of the meeting, it was agreed on some definitions about the age band thresholds, youth economic status, family type, work-intensity, social classes and social origins. It was also agreed to produce a short document to be made available also to all STYLE partners, with the goal to share these definitions across the different work packages.

Work Package 8