August 2014

IZA DP No. 8400: The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Youth Labour Markets

published in: Economic and Labour Relations Review, 2016, 26 (2), 1-27

This paper investigates the impact of the GFC on youth unemployment and long term unemployment. In particular, we study whether the GFC had a bigger impact on youths than adults, and whether youth unemployment rates increased due to an increase in youth wages relative to adult wages. To anticipate our results, we find that the youth unemployment rates increased significantly more than that of adults even though youth wages had been falling relative to adult wages.