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Youth transitions and their family-household contexts in the South Caucasus

Project information

Grant agreement ID: INTAS 2005-1000008-7803

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    31 March 2009

Funded under:

IC-INTAS

  • Overall budget:

    € 150 000

  • EU contribution

    € 110 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

Objective

This project will be based on interviews with approximately 1200 25-34 year olds, representative of their age group in the capital cities and specimen regions (Aran Region-Mugan Zone, Shida Kartli and Kotayk)in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. The respondents will be drawn from earlier (2004 and 2005) surveys of 1500 representative households in each capital city and 750 from each region, from which considerable information is already available about the composition of the households and their sources and levels of income.

The 1200 interviews for this project will gather detailed records of the respondents' experiences since age 16 in education, the labour market, housing and family relationships. The interviews will also explore the circumstances and decision-making involved in all status transitions along each of the above career lines (in education, the labour market, housing, and family relationships). The evidence collected, and the data set that results, will be suited to an innovative combination of analytical techniques - event history analysis, and multiple sequential analysis. Major youth life career patterns will be identified and related to household characteristics as well as to individual characteristics of the respondents. This quantitative evidence will be complemented by qualitative biographical/narrative interviews with sub-samples from each of the research sites. By setting young people's life stage decision-making within a longitudinal/biographical frame, and also in the actors' family and household contexts, the research will address, and hopefully resolve, questions and issues raised by but unanswered in earlier studies of young people in the NIS.

Why does youth unemployment remain high even in places where the economies are buoyant? Why do the young unemployed in the NIS fail to exhibit the symptoms of distress and deprivation that are normal among the unemployed in Western Europe? Why have enrolments in higher education risen (steeply in many places) despite the increased costs to (typically poor) students and their families, and the uncertain and modest (if any) labour market returns? Why do young men and women alike typically explain gender divisions in terms of choice despite these divisions operating to young women's manifest disadvantage? Exactly how important are 'connections' in young people obtaining good jobs? Are young people acting rationally if and when they prioritise building-up 'social capital'? Under what circumstances will fertility rates recover to replacement levels?

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

Address

Eleanor Rathbone Building, Bedford Street South
Liverpool

United Kingdom

Participants (4)

ECONOMIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ERI)

Armenia

EURASIA FOUNDATION

Azerbaijan

IV.JAVAKHISHVILI TBILISI STATE UNIVERSITY

Georgia

UNIVERSITÄT BREMEN

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: INTAS 2005-1000008-7803

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    31 March 2009

Funded under:

IC-INTAS

  • Overall budget:

    € 150 000

  • EU contribution

    € 110 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom