Agnese Vitali

About Agnese Vitali

Dr. Agnese Vitali recently joined the Division of Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton. She was Research Fellow at the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics at Bocconi University, Italy where she also earned a PhD in Statistics. Her research interests include topics related to the transition to adulthood, low fertility, and work-family issues.

Becoming an Adult During the Recession

The current economic downturn is having major adverse impacts on the economic performance of North America and Europe, causing many countries to enter into recession. Besides a considerable fall in asset prices, there have been substantial increases in unemployment and financial hardship (Scarpetta et al. 2010). In particular, the crisis has hit the young population very hard (Bell et al. 2011). According to official OECD statistics (2013), the overall unemployment rate for the working age population (15-65) has increased by +3.3% between 2007 and 2012 in the EU-21. In the same time frame, unemployment rate has increased by +4.6% for young people aged 30-34, by +5.1% for those aged 25-29, and by +7.3 for those aged 20-24.

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