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Ongoing project

Education to work transitions: the role of work capacity, skills and health

Project period 2015 - 2019
Project employer The Research Coucil of Norway
Project nr. 10110
Project leader Inés Hardoy

The potentially long lasting harmful consequences of unemployment and inactivity early in life, both for those affected by it and to the environment, are well documented. Youth in Europe have been particularly affected by the recent economic crisis (OECD 2010). Young people with reduced working capacity are particularly vulnerable. Youth unemployment and NEET (Not in Employment, Education, or Training) indicators are part of the new Scoreboard of key employment and social indicators which identify the major employment and social imbalances within the EU. Reducing school drop-out, enhancing labour market participation among those receiving disability benefits and encouraging labour market attachment among low skilled youth are three of twelve main skills challenges for Norway according to OECD Skills Strategy Diagnostic Report for Norway (2014). In this project we aim to investigate these concerns.

Key questions in the project are:

  • How does the transition between education and employment vary with physical and psychological health problems?
  • How important is health and skills for explaining the relationship between not completing secondary school and later outcomes?
  • Are young people in secondary school dropping out “too soon”, or is it beneficial for some to drop out when business cycles are favourable?
  • How serious is it for later outcomes to be NEET at a young age, and how do outcomes vary with late completion of upper secondary school versus other training or work related experiences?
  • Does the “Youth guarantee” for those with reduced work capacity help in the transition to education or work?


ParticipantDegree PhoneE-mail
Erling Barth Research Professor Dr. polit. +47 930 91 410
Sara Cools Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 482 83 086
Inés Hardoy Research Professor Dr. polit. +47 472 45 113
Pål Schøne Research Director, Work and Welfare PhD +47 986 22 125
Marte Strøm Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 408 85 333
Caroline Hall
Lena Lindahl
Karsten Albæk
Rite Asplund
Idunn Brekke


  • Sara Cools; Pål Schøne & Marte Strøm (2017). Forskyvninger i skolestart: Hvilken rolle spiller kjønn og sosial bakgrunn?. Søkelys på arbeidslivet.  34, s 273- 289

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Published June 3, 2016 2:26 PM - Last modified June 21, 2017 1:13 PM