Levels of youth entrepreneurship and NEETs correlate across countries / Eurofound News, May 2015

Across Europe, the proportion of self-employed young people is highly correlated with the proportion of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET). This indicates that countries with high overall levels of NEETs, such as Italy, Greece, Romania and Spain, are also more likely to have high levels of youth self-employment. This may suggest that labour markets with more opportunities for paid employment have less of a ‘push’ into self-employment in general and therefore lower levels of youth self-employment. Conversely, in Member States with slow or stagnant economic growth, self-employment seems to attract more young people. For more, read Youth entrepreneurship in Europe: Values, attitudes, policies.

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