Banner Viadrina

1st Workshop on (Youth) Unemployment in Europe

April 16 - 17, 2015

Frankfurt (Oder), Germany


Download the final program here.


The financial and economic crisis has strongly affected the European labor markets: Employment has suffered, unemployment rates have increased, labor participation rates were affected and migration and remigration patterns have changed. However, not all labor markets have been affected alike. This heterogeneity of labor market adjustments is in the focus of the upcoming workshop.

Especially youth unemployment soared in the crisis countries, where unemployment rates among the youngest age cohort are higher than 50%. Nevertheless, also in this respect the developments are not identical in all countries. Due to the very high unemployment rate in Southern Europe, youth unemployment became a very important topic on the European agenda: On the one hand, youth unemployment can lead to damages with respect to the professional career and influences the economic independence of individuals. It also has further economic and social consequences for the countries. As a consequence, this topic is of particular interest. On the other hand, those who manage to enter the labor market often have to deal with uncertainties. As the European Commission points out: “When young people do find work, their jobs tend to be less stable”. […] “Temporary jobs can be a stepping stone to permanent employment, but their prevalence at such elevated levels raises economic and social concerns and signals dysfunctional labor markets” (COM(2012)727 final).

On a European level, governmental actions have started and active labor market policies are worked out. The design and effects of these policy measures are highly relevant. Especially, the key challenges for employment and education policy in the aftermath of the crisis should be discussed.

The aim of this workshop is to provide researchers and practitioners a platform to discuss cutting-edge research that sheds light on important questions relevant for the analysis of labor markets in the aftermath of the crisis: What are the differences between the countries regarding the development of the unemployment rate? How strong are these differences? Are there gender-specific differences? How are the effects distributed among different age cohorts? What are the underlying causes of these differences within countries as well as among gender and age cohorts? How can policymakers forecast such developments in labor markets? And what are the consequences of these recent developments for the design and implementation of employment and education policy? E. g. what kind of labor market programs, active or passive, should be carried out? How should labor markets be reformed in regard to the aim of reducing unemployment rates? Or how can the protection and status of temporary workers be improved but still serving both, employees and employers?


This workshop provides researchers with an opportunity to present theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented research on:

  • forecasting unemployment rates in Europe,
  • effects of the crisis on labor markets in Europe,
  • country-specific differences in labor markets,
  • age-specific differences in labor markets, especially youth unemployment,
  • gender-specific differences in labor markets,
  • design and effects of policy measures aimed at decreasing unemployment rates,
  • labor market programs and/or reforms.


In addition to presenting and discussing current issues on these topics among researchers, one discussion will be dedicated to debate the German situation on temporary work with academics, but also with representatives of trade and business unions.




Program Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Torben Dall Schmidt (University of Southern Denmark)
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Dreger (DIW Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Pierdzioch (HSU Hamburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Jan-Christoph Rülke (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management)

Important Deadlines and Participation Fee

  • Deadline for submission of papers: January 31st, 2015 - This deadline had been extended until February 15th, 2015!
  • Participation fee: 100€

How to submit a paper?

  • Send your paper to
  • Only electronic submissions will be considered.
  • In case of joint work, please state who will present an accepted paper.
  • Authors of papers will be notified whether their paper is accepted for the workshop by the end of February.


This event is carried out under the support of the following institutions:

Deutsch-Polnische WissenschaftsstiftungINTERCENTAR

EU Commission