Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in industrial relations, social policy, and labour market developments.

Volume 19 Issue 3, August 2013

The dramatic impact of the Great Recession on European labour markets and unemployment is behind the rapid deterioration of young people’s living and working conditions. The economic crisis has had a strong asymmetric impact on EU countries, increasing the marked disparities between countries with regard to employment insecurity and unemployment. The differences observed reflect not only the degree to which countries were affected by the economic downturn, but also how countries responded to it, taking into consideration their different employment regimes, varieties of capitalism and policy responses (Chung et al., 2012Lallement, 2011Heyes, 2013).

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