SBE-researcher Mark Levels (ROA and GSBE) won a research grant in the highly competitive Open Research Area grant scheme, organized by NWO, ANR, JSPS, DFG and ESRC, to conduct a large cross-national research program on youth Not in Employment, Education and Training (NEETs).
NEETs are an essential problem for European countries. Early-career inactivity turns NEETs into the most likely candidates for long-term socioeconomic marginalisation, criminal careers, unwanted pregnancies and grave mental and physical health problems. They are truly the most likely victims of the Great Recession. But societal costs are also severe. Total yearly costs associated with European NEETs surpassed €153 billion in 2011 alone.
The project will investigate how individual and institutional circumstances combine to predict NEET. By identifying how different social groups respond to various policies and institutional characteristics, the project aims to significantly increase or understanding of NEETs, as well as provide input for policies that may reduce NEET.
To study these questions, the national scientific agencies allocated 1.5M euro to the project. The international consortium is composed of a team of researchers from Maastricht, Oxford, Berlin, Dijon and Kyoto, and policy makers at the EC, the OECD, and national governments. The international project will be coordinated from Maastricht.
The Open Research Area competition is one of the most competitive grant schemes in Europe. Success rates in this scheme are exceptionally low (about 7%).