Work Packages

Work Package 1

WP1 establishes the general scientific basis of the CUPESSE project and lays the groundwork for all subsequent WPs. It clarifies the empirical phenomenon under study (i.e. young adults’ unemployment), outlines how different theories originating in the fields of economics, political science, psychology, and sociology can be combined to investigate this phenomenon, and details the distinct research designs for the analyses to be implemented in WPs 2-5. Generally, this WP is about reaching agreement among the project partners in terms of what to analyse, which expectations to put forward, and how to test these expectations.

Work Package 2

WP2 prepares the analysis of the supply side of young adults’ labour market participation to be carried out in WP3. This entails the elaboration of a compelling overall survey strategy and a strategy for the complementary in-depth studies. Once the overall survey strategy has been defined, the questionnaires for the survey study must be developed. This involves the development of a shorter questionnaire for the large-n study and a more comprehensive questionnaire for the in-depth studies. Furthermore, the questionnaires used for the survey and the in-depth studies will be critically evaluated and improved based on the outcomes of the pretests.

Work Package 3 

WP3 is about the generation of original data and their subsequent analysis. The process of data generation involves the implementation of the surveys in the 10 countries under study as well as the carrying out of complementary in-depth studies.

Work Package 4

WP4 contains tasks that are related to an improved understanding of both the causes and effects of youth unemployment. One of the activities is the preparation of in-depth studies of employers’ recruitment strategies and decisions. In a next step, the norms, values and attitudes employers expect from job applicants will be compared and contrasted to young people’s norms, values and attitudes. Subsequently, we show empirically how changes in different parameters for the demand side and the supply side affect the employment levels of young adults in Europe. This is followed by a comprehensive analysis of the long-term effects of young people’s unemployment on society and on the young adults themselves.

Work Package 5

WP5 analyses three labour market policies: policies promoting flexicurity, business start-ups and self-employment, and education and training platforms. We begin by descriptively analysing the diffusion of these policies. In a second step, the labour market policies are evaluated with regard to their effects (both intended and unintended). This analysis will enable us to identify new policy approaches that have the potential to more effectively tackle the problematic situation of young adults in Europe.

Work Package 6

WP6 involves integrating the empirical findings of WPs 3-5 and their discussion in light of the theoretical expectations put forward in WP1. In addition, this WP identifies avenues for future research for each of the five research dimensions of the CUPESSE project and formulates coherent research agenda. The synthesis of the findings enables us to draft policy recommendations, a further major task in this WP.

Work Package 7

WP7 refers to the dissemination activities to be carried out throughout the entire project and places particular emphasis on the preparation of a series of policy briefs.

Work Package 8

WP8 is dedicated to establishing and maintaining effective management structures. The management activities include the establishment of the management structures themselves, the coordination of the different project activities between the partners, the achievement of a smooth workflow to achieve the CUPESSE objectives, the assessment of the overall progress and the results of each work package, and the implementation of quality control mechanisms by defining appropriate project standards.