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Research Paper

Young people’s education and labour market choices aged 16/17 to 18/19


Publication date

Dec 2011


This report provides evidence on the educational and labour market transitions made by young people. We use three data sets to do this, covering various different time periods before the recent (2008) recession. Firstly, we use the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE) which contains information on young people who were age 16/17 through to age 18/19 in the period 2007 to 2009. We also use the Labour Force Survey (LFS); again focusing on individuals aged 16/17 to 18/19 but over a longer period 1993‐2008. Finally, we use data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), focusing on individuals who were aged 16/17 to 18/19 at some point between 1991 and 2008.
The report addresses two key issues. Firstly it determines the characteristics of young people who make different educational and work transitions at age 16‐19. Secondly the report assesses the short and long run (up to 10 years) earning and employment outcomes of young people who make different educational and labour market choices at age 16‐19. The overarching objective of the research is to obtain empirical evidence on the early education and employment transitions made by young people, which can then inform policies to improve these transitions into the labour market. We do note however, that the evidence comes largely from before the recent recession and therefore may only be applied to the current labour market situation with some caution.


Young People, Education, Labour Market, Economics, and Life Course Analysis



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