ILO Working paper 108

Youth employment policies: Patterns and trends in two unique data sets

Youth employment challenges are always a critical concern for policymakers. There is recurring and mounting evidence that labour market challenges, such as unemployment, informality, lack of social protection and inactivity, disproportionately affect youths.

This complex decision-making process involves navigating the intricacies of crafting policies tailored to the unique challenges confronting youths in labour markets. In this paper, we look at the process for elaborating the youth employment policies found in two unique data compiled by the ILO. These data sets contain summaries of the policy documentation, including the rationale, main characteristics and evolution over time. Through this analysis, we aim to identify some policy gaps and highlight areas for consideration of future youth employment policies addressing evolving demands of modern labour markets.