Producing research-based evidence for informed policy intervention lays in the focus of the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission's science and knowledge service. In the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding between JRC and CEU, signed in 2016, Professor Martin Kahanec of CEU's School of Public Policy spoke at a JRC Lunchtime Lecture in Brussels on June 14.
In his introductory remarks, Dr. Vladimir Sucha, director of JRC, spoke highly of CEU, pointing out the outstanding research conducted in the field of data science, and expressed the JRC’s support towards CEU continuing its operations in Budapest.
In his lecture, entitled Tackling Barriers to Youth Employment: How Innovative Web-based Data Collection Can Enable Applied Social Science Research, instead of presenting preliminary results, Professor Kahanec discussed the research methods employed in the project. Standard labor-force questionnaires, which only measure the skills of youth and not the mismatches within the labor market, were complemented with questionnaires on soft-skills, he explained. Furthermore, to gauge the critical role of hard and soft skills for youth employment, primary data was collected using the WageIndicator web-based survey, a powerful platform designed to provide transparent information on wages and careers across countries. Enabling a better understanding of skill-matching and the demand for young workers, an analysis of vacancies by age group and sector from job portal profession.hu was conducted, he added.
The research in focus was commissioned to CEU by CCHBC Hungary in order to help them develop the company’s youth empowerment initiative, entitled “Inspire a Better Future,” aiming to build life and business skills for 18-30 year-olds and developing networks to help them improve their employment prospects.
To gain better insight and understanding of the barriers to and enablers of youth employment in Hungary, the study combines evidence gained from existing datasets, such as the Hungarian Labor Force Survey, with versatile web-based data collection techniques. Traditional data enabled the team to measure key regularities of youth employment.
The event drew an audience of over 60 European Commission employees on site, and was broadcast publicly online.
The next JRC Lunchtime lecture by CEU faculty will take place September 20, when Professor Miklos Koren from the Department of Economics will present on the distributional impact of international trade.