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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-40
Theoretical and Methodological Exploration into the Problem of Youth Unemployment


Youth unemployment has now become a serious concern across the world. According the ILO estimate, nearly 75 million youth (age 15-24 years) were unemployed in 2011. The youth unemployment rate of 12.6% in 2011 was almost three times higher than the adult (25 and above) rate. Moreover, compared with adults, young people suffer disproportionately from deficits in gainful employment, measured in terms of working poverty and employment status. In other words, youth are not just disadvantaged in terms of accessing work, but also in finding productive work that provides sufficient income to escape poverty. The ILO is also concerned that the youth job crisis has longer-term negative consequences both economically and socially.
Although almost all the countries face this challenge of youth employment, there are substantial differences among regions, countries, and between the developed and developing countries. This is due to differences in terms of economic structure, education systems, demographic composition, degree of human capital development, cultural value systems and other factors that construct the structure and functions of the labour market. In this project we aim to examine the relevant literature, including those discussing the cases of Japan and other developed countries, in order to understand this multi-dimensional issue of youth unemployment. We seek to draw theoretical as well as methodological implications that could be explored further in subsequent research projects on specific developing countries.


April 2012 - March 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] MURAYAMA Mayumi
[ Co-researcher ] NAKAMURA Mari