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Non-employment, age, and the economic cycle

Jenkins, Stephen P. ORCID: 0000-0002-8305-9774 and Taylor, Mark P. (2012) Non-employment, age, and the economic cycle. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 3 (1). pp. 18-40. ISSN 1757-9597

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We describe the relationship between non-employment rates and age in Britain and consider how this relationship has been changing with the economic cycle. Using data from the British Household Panel Survey for survey years 1991–2008 and Understanding Society for 2009, we show that non-employment rates have changed most for people in the youngest and oldest age groups. Young people have been hit particularly hard by the current recession and non-employment rates are higher now than during the early-1990s recession, especially for those without educational qualifications. Among older men and women, non-employment rates have been in longer-term decline and the current recession has had a less marked effect. Hence the U-shaped non-employment/age relationship has rotated clockwise over the last decade.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2014 10:46
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2021 23:14

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