Youth employment

Finding a New Development Model for the Middle East

January 9, 2017

By Yasar Jarrar The Middle East and North African region is at a critical moment in its history. Wars, economic instability, a weak private sector, and increasingly disenfranchised youth population are all challenging the region. The coming decade will test …

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2016’s Most Defining Moments for Inclusive Growth

December 23, 2016

The Center’s senior fellows reflect on the events of 2016 that will leave an enduring mark on inclusion and economic growth.  The US Election, Brexit and the populist wave 2016, like no other year in recent memory, brought to the …

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Labor Market Solutions: 3 Pathways to Breaking Down Barriers

December 28, 2015

As we wrap up the year, we look back at what inspired the 11 new ideas presented at the Harvard Symposium for Inclusive Growth in October. The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth co-sponsored the event in partnership with the Harvard …

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Making Mexico’s Formalization Reforms Work For Youth

November 13, 2015

Youth entrepreneurship training programs in Mexico showcase the potential expanding education access can unleash. Tempting as it might be to focus on Mexico’s slowing GDP growth in recent years to assess the country’s progress, there’s another set of figures with …

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Help Entrepreneurs Save the World

August 10, 2015

Go to and sign By Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur in Residence, Dell Inc When you think of the word “entrepreneur” who pops into your mind?  Richard Branson?  Michael Dell? I’m guessing it’s not Sarah Collins from South Africa.  Sarah is building …

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The Two Sides of Latin America’s Youth Employment Challenge

December 3, 2015

To what extent can any single measure of unemployment accurately provide insight into a country’s economic health and the prospects for its people? A survey of the most recent Latin American youth unemployment data (2014) provides important insights. A quick …

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Creating High-Impact Employment Experiences for Youth

June 4, 2015

Youth unemployment, or the creation of “generation jobless” as it has been called, is a global crisis affecting both advanced and developing economies. It represents a colossal waste of human potential and a substantive drag on future economic growth. A …

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Capturing Unemployment Trends with Social and Mobile Data

November 9, 2015

New methods, when combined with old, may help paint a better picture of overall economic health.  Unemployment is perhaps one of the more telling signs of labor market health—inspiring agony when on the rise and jubilation when declining. But how …

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Spurring a New Entrepreneurial Revolution in Europe

October 30, 2015

The fear of failure, among other factors, keeps many young people from starting businesses. A look at the programs working to overcome these barriers. As entrepreneurialism thrives in the United States, commentators in Europe are asking what must be done …

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Teaching Entrepreneurship to Reshape China’s Economy

October 22, 2015

As creativity finds its place in China’s educational system, entrepreneurship is grabbing hold This summer, nearly 7.5 million college graduates—a record number—entered China’s labor market. Entry-level positions, however, are in scarce supply, and young people are feeling the crunch. China’s …

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What Taking a Global View of Youth Unemployment Reveals

October 9, 2015

Looking at trends in youth unemployment in high- and low-income countries makes the need for supporting youth entrepreneurship clear Youth unemployment is a critical issue for any country. From the lifelong effect graduating in a recession can have on students’ …

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5 Key Takeaways for African Growth

June 10, 2015

The World Economic Forum’s Regional Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa brought together more than 1,200 participants from 75 countries to look ahead to the African continent’s future. It’s a future that looks brighter than at any time in recent memory—but it …

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