Youth Unemployment

"There is no 'one size fits all'-solution to this problem." (Herman Van Rompuy)

Year: 2013
Class of the Humanities

Stuurgroep van het Denkersprogramma Jeugdwerkloosheid

Jean Beeckman
Jaak Billiet
Hubert Bocken
Ann Buysse
Bea Cantillon
Marc De Clercq
Inez Dua
Jan Eeckhout
Ludo Gelders
Joep Konings
Ron Lesthaeghe
Christiane Malcorps
Caroline Pauwels
Erik Schokkaert
Géry van Outryve d'Ydewalle
Géry van Outryve d'Ydewalle
Willy Van Overschée
Paul Van Rompuy
Anne-Marie Vandenbergen
Dominique Willems
Jan Wouters



Youth unemployment as an aspect of the labor market received little attention, until recently. Today, it is a crucial issue for both Flanders, Belgium, Europe and beyond. Youth unemployment has a considerable impact on wellbeing and our welfare state. Longterm youth unemployment leads to an increase in poverty and inequality. It is a threat to our social security. Youth  unemployment is cyclical but is also the result of structural causes.

The steering committee of this Thinkers' Programme was chaired by professor J. Konings. 

Jan Eeckhout

Professor Jan Eeckhout is Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and member of the Department of Economics, University College Londen. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an authority on urban economics. He has published on subjects such as the challenges of unemployment and on poverty and educational inequality.