The aim of this project is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the causes of very high unemployment among young people and to assess the effectiveness of labour market policies designed to mitigate this phenomenon. This aim will be achieved through 10 objectives organised around 12 research, dissemination and management work packages:

Management and Scientific Coordination WP1&12
Dissemination WP2
Policy Performance and Evaluation Methodologies WP3
Policy Transfer and Comparative Frameworks WP4
Mismatch: Skills and Education WP5 Mismatch: Migration and Mobility WP6 Self- employ- ment WP7 Family and Cultural Drivers WP8 Vulnerable Voices and Cultural Barriers WP9 Flexicurity W10
International Handbook of Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe WP11

The central concept informing this project is based on a policy performance and learning approach to the problems of overcoming youth unemployment for different groups of young people.

Using a comparative framework, that is sensitive to the impact of historical and regional legacies, our analysis enables us to both identify where policies are working and why. It illuminates when and how labour market analysis informs policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.

This requires a multi-disciplinary and internationally comparative perspective. It provides a recent historical analysis accounting for factors prior to, and following on from the recent periods of economic crisis.

This involves an on-going process of including a wide range of EU stakeholders to inform the research and disseminate the results about what works under different institutional conditions.