Idle Youth in Latin America: A Persistent Problem in a Decade of Prosperity

Author(s) : Cárdenas, Mauricio; de Hoyos, Rafael; Székely, Miguel
Abstract : There are nearly 10 million Latin Americans between the ages of 15 and 18 that are neither studying nor working. This large number, which represents about 19 percent of the population in that age bracket, reflects one of the region’s more daunting challenges. With so much praise on Latin America’s recent economic and social performance, it remains intriguing why these groups of the population are still facing lack of adequate opportunities. This paper aims at improving our understanding of idle youth in Latin America, with special attention to those in the 15 to 18 age range, in order to identify adequate policies for supporting them and reintegrating them into society. According to our calculations with the most recent data available, 18.5 percent of Latin American youth in this age group (9.4 million individuals) are currently idle. During the last 20 years, their share of the population has been reduced by less than 6 percentage points but the absolute number of individuals belonging to it has remained practically unchanged due to demographic growth.
Year : 2011
Country : Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
Publisher : Brookings and the Tecnológico de Monterrey
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