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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Unemployment and economic security for young adults in Finland Norway and Sweden : from unemployment protection to poverty relief
Author(s) Lorentzen, Thomas ; Angelin, Anna ; Dahl, Espen ; Kauppinen, Timo ; Moisio, Pasi ; Salonen, Tapio
Date 2012
English abstract
In this study, we investigated if there has been a displacement in the type and coverage of welfare services available for young unemployed adults in Finland, Norway and Sweden over the last two decades. This question is important because a number of studies have argued that the generous unemployment benefits and extensive labour market intervention found in the Nordic welfare states shield young people from the most severe consequences of economic inactivity. In this article, we instead show that during this period, less generous means-tested unemployment and social assistance benefits have become the most important form of income protection for young people. In evidence, earnings-related unemployment benefits now cover only 10 per cent of unemployed Swedes and Finns and 45 per cent of unemployed Norwegians aged 24 years or younger. This development marks a significant change in our understanding of unemployment protection for young people in Nordic countries.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijsw.12006 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Link http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijsw.12006/pdf (external link to publication)
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Host/Issue International Journal of Social Welfare;1
Volume 23
ISSN 1369-6866
Pages 41–51
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) unemployment projection
youth
means-tested benefits
poverty relief
welfare state restructuring
social assistance
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14874 (link to this page)

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