Fact Sheet



Full title

Cultural Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency and Entrepreneurship: Family Values and Youth Unemployment in Europe


FP7 - Collaborative project [SSH.2013.1.2-1]

Contract number



The multi-disciplinary CUPESSE project carries out a comparative analysis of both the demand and supply side of youth unemployment in ten Member States of the EU and Associated Countries (i.e. Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom). These ten countries represent the main empirical scope of the project, but whenever possible, the analysis is extended to include all European countries. CUPESSE has five main objectives. The first objective is to obtain a more refined understanding of the supply side of young adults’ employment by concentrating on how the inter-generational accumulation of social capital and cultural capital in the context of family organisation influences the economic self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship of young people in Europe. The second objective is to examine how supply-side factors and demand-side factors affect the unemployment of young adults. In this context we are particularly interested in the degree to which the attitudes and skills of young adults match with employers’ demands. The third objective is to understand the implications of young adults’ unemployment in the longer term, including the effects on the unemployed individuals and on society as a whole. The fourth objective is to investigate the degree to which flexicurity policies, policies supporting business start-ups and self-employment, and policies promoting education and training platforms are embraced by the European states and to assess their impacts on young adults’ unemployment. The fifth objective of the CUPESSE project is to present ideas for new policy measures and formulate strategy for overcoming youth unemployment in Europe. To attain this goal, the project brings together theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches from four academic disciplines, namely economics, political science, psychology, and sociology.


48 months (01/02/2014 – 31/01/2018)

Project funding

4,999,220.00 €


Prof Dr Jale Tosun
Assistant Professor of International Comparative Political Economy
Institute of Political Science
Heidelberg University
69115 Heidelberg, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)6221 54 3726

External Fellow:
University of Mannheim
MZES - Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung
68131 Mannheim, Germany
Phone: +49 621 181 2811
Fax: +49 621 181 2845

  • Heidelberg University (Prof Dr Jale Tosun)
  • University of Mannheim (Robert Strohmeyer)
  • University of Vienna (Prof Dr Bernhard Kittel)
  • University of Economics Prague (Dr Martin Lukeš)
  • Aarhus University (Prof Carsten Jensen)
  • Central European University (Dr Levente Littvay)
  • University of Catania (Prof Maurizio Caserta)
  • University of Granada (Dr José L. Arco)
  • Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (Dr Mihaela Vancea)
  • University of Bern (Prof Dr Markus Freitag)
  • Koç University of Instanbul (Dr Zeynep Cemalcilar)
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne (Prof William Maloney)
  • European Research and Project Office GmbH (Sabine Dier)
Contact at Eurice

Sabine Dier
Science Park 1
66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)681 9592-3398



CUPESSE Fact Sheet