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Negotiating Early Job Insecurity

Well-being, Scarring and Resilience of European Youth Edited by Bjørn Hvinden, Professor, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway, Jacqueline O’Reilly, Professor of Comparative Human Resource Management, The University of Sussex Business School, UK, Mi Ah Schoyen and Christer Hyggen, Senior Researchers, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Offering new knowledge and insights into European job markets, this book explores how young men and women experience job insecurity. By combining analysis of original data collected through a variety of innovative methods, it compares the trajectories of early job insecurity in nine European countries. Focusing on the ways in which young adults deal with this by actively increasing their chances of getting a job through a variety of methods, as the book shows how governmental policies can be altered to reduce early job insecurity.
Extent: 264 pp
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Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 878 1
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  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Labour Policy
  • Sociology and Sociological Theory
Offering new knowledge and insights into European job markets, this book explores how young men and women experience job insecurity. Focusing on the ways in which young adults deal with this by actively increasing their chances of getting a job through a variety of methods, it shows how governmental policies can be altered to reduce early job insecurity.

By combining analysis of original data collected through a variety of innovative methods, the book compares the trajectories of early job insecurity in nine European countries: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. It explores the differing reactions to the 2008 Great Recession and socio-economic and institutional characteristics of each country, analysing the strengths and weaknesses of different national policies. Contributions from experts in the field investigate the long-term consequences of having difficulty finding suitable and stable jobs in young adulthood, including ‘scarring’ in the form of weaker long-term employment prospects, lower life earnings and reduced well-being.

Incorporating high-level academic research with policy recommendations, this insightful book is essential reading for advanced public policy and European studies scholars, as well as policymakers at national and European levels.
‘Comprehensive and well-articulated, this book provides a new and original investigation of early experiences of job insecurity in Europe and its effects on youth well-being and future employability. Given its innovative approach that goes beyond the “usual” economic argument, the book is a must-read text for every scholar, practitioner and policymaker who wants to broaden their understanding of youth and their perceptions of joblessness and precarity.’
– Massimiliano Mascherini, Eurofound, Ireland
Contributors: D.S. Abebe, S. Ayllón, K.K. Bøhler, M. Bussi, D. Buttler, L.A. Helbling, B. Hvinden, C. Hyggen, C. Imdorf, V. Krasteva, C. Lewis, A. McDonnell, J. O’Reilly, D. Parsanoglou, S. Sacchi, M.A. Schoyen, L.P. Shi, R. Stoilova, I. Tolgensbakk, J.S. Vedeler, A. Yfanti


Contents:

1. Introduction
Bjørn Hvinden, Christer Hyggen, Mi Ah Schoyen and Jacqueline O’Reilly

Part I: Wellbeing and overcoming early job insecurity
2. Employment status and wellbeing among youth. Explaining variation across European countries
Dominik Buttler

3. Four narratives of overcoming early job insecurity in Europe: A capabilities approach
Kjetil Klette Bøhler, Veneta Krasteva, Jacqueline O’Reilly, Janikke Solstad, Vedeler, Rumiana Stoilova and Ida Tolgensbakk

Part II: Scarring
4. Comparing long-term scarring effects of unemployment across countries: The impact of graduating during an economic downturn
Laura Alexandra Helbling, Stefan Sacchi and Christian Imdorf

5. The impact of active labour market policies on employers’ evaluation of young unemployed: A comparison between Greece and Norway.
Dimitris Parsanoglou, Aggeliki Yfanti, Christer Hyggen and Lulu P. Shi

6. Moderators of unemployment and wage scarring during the transition to young adulthood: Evidence from Norway
Dawit Shawel Abebe and Christer Hyggen

Part III: Social resilience
7. Social resilience in facing precarity: Young people ‘rising to the occasion’
Margherita Bussi, Mi Ah Schoyen, Janikke Solstad Vedeler, Jacqueline O’Reilly, Ann McDonnell and Christine Lewis

8. Mobile young individuals: subjective experiences of migration and return
Veneta Krasteva, Ann McDonnell and Ida Tolgensbakk

9. Drug use and early job insecurity
Sara Ayllón, Margherita Bussi, Jacqueline O’Reilly, Mi Ah Schoyen, Ida Tolgensbakk and Ann McDonnell

Part IV: Policies to overcome early career insecurity
10. Public policy on career education, information, advice and guidance: Developments in the United Kingdom and Norway
Christine Lewis and Ida Tolgensbakk

11. Conclusion
Jacqueline O’Reilly, Bjørn Hvinden, Mi Ah Schoyen and Christer Hyggen

Index