Drivers of Youth Labour Market Integration Across European Regions

Rosario Scandurra, Ruggero Cefalo*, Yuri Kazepov

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Territorial disparities and youth labour markets have been often considered as separated themes, due to challenges in data availability. Comparative regional or sub-regional research on youth labour market integration (YLMI) have been therefore scarce. In this article, we address this gap by presenting a composite measure of YLMI that covers a wide range of indicators and sheds light on the EU territorial divide of young peoples’ opportunities at regional level. In order to build the YLMI index, we use benefit-of-the-doubt-weighting, a seminal methodology on composite indicators (CI) that combines sequence with conditional weights based on the range of each sub-indicator. To proof the usefulness of YLMI, we analyze the evolution of regional YLMI in the EU before and after the economic crisis; and the trends of homogenization or differentiation across EU territories. Furthermore, we investigate to what extent employment conditions, skills supply and technological resources explain cross-regional variations in YLMI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-856
Number of pages22
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


  • Indicator
  • Living conditions
  • Macro-dynamics
  • NEET
  • Spatial inequality
  • Structures of opportunities
  • Territorial cohesion
  • Unemployment
  • Young people


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