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STYLE - Strategic Transition For Youth Labour in Europe

The aim of this project is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the causes of very high unemployment among young people and to assess the effectiveness of labour market policies designed to mitigate this phenomenon. This aim will be achieved through 10 objectives organised around 12 research, dissemination and management work packages:

WP 1 & 12 - Management and Scientific Coordination

WP 2 - Dissemination
Achieve a critical mass of resources in collaboration with stakeholder communities

WP 3 - Policy Performance and Evaluation Methodologies
Provide a critical evaluation of the performance of countries and regions

WP 4 - Policy Transfer and Comparative Frameworks
Assess the prospects for policy transfer mechanisms (including those under the European Social Fund)

WP 5 - Mismatch: Skills and Education
To provide a critical review of the mismatch in supply and demand

WP 6 - Mismatch: Migration and Mobility
To examine the consequences of mismatch in terms of labour mobility and migration for young people within the EU

WP 7 - Self- employment
To analyse the nature, rate and success of business start-ups and self-employment for young people

WP 8 - Family and Cultural Drivers
To examine the cultural context of family organisation and the pathways to enhancing independence

WP 9 - Vulnerable Voices and Cultural Barriers
To map out the voices of vulnerable young people by identifying their different values and aspirations

WP 10 - Flexicurity
To analyse the nature and mechanisms of flexicurity regimes and how they contribute to overcoming youth unemployment

WP 11 - International Handbook of Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe
To advance the knowledge base by publishing an ‘International Handbook on Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe'

The central concept informing this project is based on a policy performance and learning approach to the problems of overcoming youth unemployment for different groups of young people.

Using a comparative framework, that is sensitive to the impact of historical and regional legacies, our analysis enables us to both identify where policies are working and why. It illuminates when and how labour market analysis informs policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. This requires a multi-disciplinary and internationally comparative perspective. It provides a recent historical analysis accounting for factors prior to, and following on from the recent periods of economic crisis. This involves an on-going process of including a wide range of EU stakeholders to inform the research and disseminate the results about what works under different institutional conditions.

1    UoB - University of Brighton (UK)

2    IES - Institute for Employment Studies (UK)

3    IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor (DE)

4    CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies (BE)

5    TARKI - Social Research Institute (HU)

6    UNITN - University of Trento (IT)

7    NUIG - National University of Ireland Galway (IE)

8    DUTH - Democritus University of Thrace (EL)

9    UOXF - University of Oxford (UK)

10  ESRI - Economic and Social Research Institute (IE)

11  UNISA - University of Salerno (IT)

12  UNIOVI - University of Oviedo (ES)

13  UT - University of Tartu (EE)

14  UEK - Cracow University of Economics (PL)

15  SGI - Slovak Governance Institute (SK)

16  MUP - Metropolitan University Prague (CZ)

18  UVT - University of Tilburg (NL)

19  GRAZ - University of Graz (AT)

20  CBS - Copenhagen Business School (DK)

21  NOVA - Norwegian Social Research (N)

22  SOFI - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SE)

23  KU - Koç University Social Policy Center (TR)

24  UNITO - University of Turin (IT)

25  EA - EurActiv (BE)

The steering group WP   1 -   Jacqueline O'Reilly, Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

WP   2 -   Natalie Sarkic-Todd, Ilaria Maselli

WP   3 -   Werner Eichhorst, Kari P. Hadjivassiliou

WP   4 -   Maria Petmesidou, M. C. González Menéndez

WP   5 -   Seamus McGuinness, Vladislav Flek

WP   6 -   Lucia Mýtna Kureková, Christer Hyggen

WP   7 -   Maura Sheehan, Renate Ortlieb

WP   8 -   András Gábos, Tiziana Nazio

WP   9 -   Shane Niall O'Higgins, Emanuele Ferragina

WP 10 - Paola Villa, Raul Eamets

WP 11 - Jacqueline O'Reilly, Janine Leschke

WP 12 - Jacqueline O'Reilly, Martin Seeleib-Kaiser
Local steering
Shane Niall O'Higgins, Marcello D'Amato, Fernanda Mazzotta
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 613256.


Anno 2011
Titolo Study on Inequalities and Multiple Discrimination in Access to Health
L'Agenzia dell'Unione europea per i diritti fondamentali (FRA) ha avviato uno studio sulle disuguaglianze e la discriminazione multipla nell'accesso ai servizi di assistenza sanitaria nell'Unione Europea. I risultati permetteranno di offrire supporto alle istituzioni europee e agli stati membri dell'Unione europea su come riconoscere ed affrontare la discriminazione multipla in questo settore. La ricerca si pone l'obiettivo di comprendere i problemi e il rischio di discriminazione nell'accesso all'assistenza sanitaria per gli individui che condividono una diversa combinazione delle seguenti caratteristiche: nazionalita'/origine etnica, età e genere. Una ricerca sul campo è prevista in cinque stati europei: Austria, Italia, Regno Unito, Repubblica ceca, Svezia. La ricerca sul campo prevede 125 interviste con operatori sanitari - quali medici, infermieri e altro personale di assistenza - e policy makers. Verranno inoltre somministrate 180 interviste con utenti del servizio sanitario a rischio di discriminazione multipla. La ricerca prevede un'analisi della letteratura esistente e delle statistiche sulle disuguaglianze nell'accesso all'assistenza sanitaria, la tutela giuridica in questo settore e una mappatura delle iniziative politiche nei cinque stati e a livello di Unione Europea. La ricerca si focalizzerà in modo particolare sull'esperienza di persone affette da patologie croniche, quali il diabete e il cancro
Obiettivi Specifici
* individuare le barriere che limitano l'accesso di individui di diversa età, genere e origine nazionale/etnica ai servizi di assistenza sanitaria, ossia la facilità con cui ottengono le prestazioni sanitarie;
* mappare le politiche degli Stati membri volte a migliorare i servizi sanitari e la qualità della salute per individui di diversa età, genere e origine nazionale/etnica;
* individuare come i professionisti sanitari percepiscono e affrontano i bisogni di assistenza di questi specifici gruppi. I risultati della ricerca saranno analizzati e presentati in un rapporto comparativo finale e in cinque rapporti di approfondimento tematico, uno per ciascuno dei paesi in cui si svolgerà la ricerca. Un ulteriore rapporto discuterà i risultati della ricerca alla luce del diritto europeo della non discriminazione
Ente Promotore
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
Partner Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Educazione "Giovanni Maria Bertin" dell'Università di Bologna (Italia), Gender Studies (Repubblica Ceca), ICMPD - International Centre for Migration Policy Development (Austria), Istituto di Ricerca della Croce Rossa (Austria), Middlesex University (Regno Unito)
Responsabile Scientifico Nazionale
Prof. Rossella Ghigi - Università di Bologna
Responsabile Scientifico Locale
Dott. Jonathan Pratschke - Università di Salerno
Pubblicazioni Inequalities and Multiple Discrimination in Access to and Quality of Healthcare


Anno 2011
Titolo The Impact of FDI on Firm Survival and Employment. A Comparative Analysis for Turkey and Italy
Project objectives
The aim of the proposed research is to investigate how the presence of multinational corporations (MNCs) is influencing firm survival and entry-exit dynamics in the Mediterranean region. The proposed methodology entails a new approach to the investigation of the impact of inward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on the productivity of domestic firms. The idea is to take the analysis of technology spillovers one step further to understand how the transmission channels work to affect firm survival and turnover. We suggest that the impact of foreign direct investment on local industry hinges on the dynamics of foreign and domestic establishments, i.e., entry, selection (exit), and growth processes. Our analysis focuses on two countries: Turkey and Italy. We choose these two countries because, to the best of our knowledge, there has been no in-depth academic research that focuses on the effect of MNC presence on domestic firm survival and turnover in Turkey and Italy. We think this project will be a major contribution towards that goal but indirectly may also contribute through a generalisation of the results to a better understanding of the topic for the whole South Mediterranean region. The first step in the empirical analysis will involve showing the differences between the foreign affiliates (FAs) of MNCs and indigenous plants in terms of the survival rates. Once the differences among these two groups of firms are documented, we want to ask the question: How does the presence of FAs affect the domestic firm survival? We will also try to focus on a topic so far neglected: the role of vertical technological spillovers (knowledge spillovers) and pecuniary externalities stemming from the presence of foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs). Are firms benefiting from FDI affiliates operating in upstream and downstream industries as input suppliers and customers? Another question we want to investigate is whether the impact of FAs on domestic firm survival rates varies with the technological intensity of production at the sectoral level. Regarding this topic, we expect to test whether the Turkish and Italian data also support the findings of Audretsch (1991; 1995), namely that, in a market environment shaped by the process of creative destruction, the major factor determining the firm's survival likelihood is its ability to innovate. Finally, we also Investigate upon the effects of the recent crisis on firms' survival and employment growth according to firm ownership status. The focus is upon issues of firms financial fragility and behaviour of foreign investors by looking at the determinants of firm survival (extensive margin of firm adjustment) and employment growth (intensive margin of firm adjustment) for Italy over two periods: before the crisis (2002-2007) and after it (2008-2010).
Financed by
FEMISE - Forum Euroméditerranée des Instituts de Sciences Economiques
Contract FEM34-12 between the Commission and the FEMISE association n°2009/221-866, within the programme of "Etudes et Dialogue Euro-Méditerranéen en matière économique"
Middle East Technical University, Department of Economics - Ankara (Turkey)
Team Members Research Director
Anna Maria FERRAGINA - CELPE, University of Salerno

Senior Researchers
Fernanda MAZZOTTA - CELPE, University of Salerno (IT); Rosanna PITTIGLIO - University of Foggia (IT); Filippo REGANATI - University of Rome La Sapienza (IT); Erol TAYMAZ - Middle East Technical University (TR); Yesim UCDOGRUK - Dokuz Eylül University (TR); Kamil YILMAZ - Koc University (TR)


Junior Researchers
Giulia NUNZIANTE - Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Unal TONGUR - Middle East Technical University

Seminars and Presentations
September 2012ETSG 2012 Leuven, Fourteenth Annual Conference
"The Impact of FDI on Firms Survival in Italy: Evidence on Horizontal and Vertical Spillovers" by Anna Maria FERRAGINA, Fernanda MAZZOTTA
June 2012, CELPE - University of Salerno 
"The impact of FDI on firm survival and employment: an Analysis for Turkey" by Erol TAYMAZ (METU, Ankara) and Kamil YILMAZ (Koc University)

December 2011, FEMISE Annual Meeting, Marsiglia
"Arab Awakening and the Role of the EU-Med Partnership" by Erol TAYMAZ (METU, Ankara) and Kamil YILMAZ (Koc University)

October 2011, SIE - Italian Economist Society Annual Conference, Rome

"Global Crisis, Firms' Survival and Growth in Italy. Did Exporters, Foreign and Domestic Multinationals Behave any Different?" by Adalgiso AMENDOLA - CELPE, University of Salerno, Anna Maria FERRAGINA - CELPE, University of Salerno, Rosanna PITTIGLIO - University of Foggia, Filippo REGANATI - University of Rome La Sapienza
Draft Technical Report

Innovation, Globalization and Firm Dynamics: Lessons for Enterprise Policy,  Anna Maria FERRAGINA, Erol TAYMAZ, Kamil YILMAZ, New York, London Routledge, ISBN 9780415836777