Growing struggles to become an insider in Germany: young people’s labour market entry and phase of labour market establishment between 1984 and 2002

Author/s Sandra Buchholz, Karin Kurz
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/124 Language Italian
Pages 22 P. 36-57 File size 632 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2011-124003
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This article investigates whether employment instabilities are rising among young people in Germany and whether certain groups of young people are at a particularly high risk of experiencing these instabilities. The analyses are based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (Gsoep) and refer to the period from 1984 to 2002; they include young people from Eastern and Western Germany as well as migrants of three different educational cohorts. The results show that young people in Germany are confronted with rising problems in their attempt to gain foothold on the labour market - both, directly after leaving the educational system as well as in their early career phase. This development led to a relative strengthening of social inequality structures among young people in Germany as they especially affected already disadvantaged groups of educational system leavers.

Keywords: Early career, labour market entry, labour market, life-course, social change, social inequality

Sandra Buchholz, Karin Kurz, Crescenti difficoltà a diventare un insider in Germania: ingresso e stabilizzazione dei giovani nel mercato del lavoro fra il 1984 e il 2002 in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 124/2011, pp 36-57, DOI: 10.3280/SL2011-124003