The life course of the young in the 21st century: risks for increasing inequality?

Life courses are changing. Young people are more likely to live longer, experience greater uncertainties within the labour market, and combine work with caretaking responsibilities. Despite this, there is still a lack of knowledge on what these changes mean for young people from different social groups. In this project, we study how young people from different social backgrounds may shape their own life course through three perspectives:

  1. The demographic perspective – we use a prospective simulation model to study the timing and intensity of transitions between life phases in the 21st century
  2. The employer’s perspective – we gather qualitative data from employers to learn about how they think they contribute in shaping life courses of young people
  3. The young worker’s perspective – we use survey data to examine how young people think, feel, and act when they make important decisions regarding work, care, and education.

This project is carried out as part of the National Science Agenda (NWA) and is financed by the Royal Nether¬lands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

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