Current Projects

JuSAW: Young and in Search of Work in Vienna. The Consequences of Unemployment in the Early Career

This project sets out to investigate the antecedents and the consequences of unemployment among young adults aged 18-28. We surveyed about 1.200 young unemployed adults in Vienna at the start of an unemployment spell (inflow sample) and then to re-interviewed them one year later (panel design). The survey data contains information on respondents' education and employment history, family background, work attitudes and motivation, personality, cognitive skills, well-being and health. The survey data are complemented with administrative / register data covering respondents' entire employment and unemployment history. 

Funding: Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection

Coordinators: Bernhard Kittel / Nadia Steiber / Monika Mühlböck, Departent of Economic Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria.

RE-AGEING: Reassessing Ageing from a Population Perspective

Life expectancies in the EU have increased significantly over the past decades. Age-specific health statuses have also been improving. In contrast to these profound changes, the concepts that demographers have used to analyze ageing on a population level have remained largely static. A better understanding of age and ageingin the 21st century, for both science and policy, requires new approaches. This project set out to reassess population ageing based on innovative alternative definitions of age and ageing.

Funding: ERC Advanced Grant

Coordinator and PI: Sergei Scherbov, Wittgenstein Centre (IIASA), Laxenburg

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CUPESSE - Cultural Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency and Entrepreneurship

The CUPESSE project is dedicated to the comparative analysis of youth unemployment in Europe. By taking issues related both to the demand and supply sides into consideration, the project aims to obtain a comprehensive picture of the causes and consequences of unemployment among young people as well as to formulate policy strategies and recommendations for addressing this ever-growing issue. The project brings together a broad network of researchers and practitioners from the fields of economics, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Funding: EU 7th Framework Programme

Coordinator: Jale Tosun, MZES Mannheim

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