Cultural Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency and Entrepreneurship: Family Values and Youth Unemployment in Europe (CUPESSE)

Research question/goal: 

CUPESSE brings together both young and advanced researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds (economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics) from ten different Member States and Associated Countries to analyse the determinants of economic self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship of young Europeans. It is based on a survey design and seeks to understand how the cultural context of family affects youth employment and economic and social independence. While the project’s focus is on family values, it also controls for the potential effects of other factors such as opportunity structures and education. The explicit focus on the inter-generational transmission of family values represents the key innovation of the project. In theoretical terms, the project aims to establish the pathways—or mechanisms—through which values and their inter-generational transmission shape the economic self-sufficiency behaviour of young men and young women (18-35 years). In empirical terms, CUPESSE will produce an original dataset.

Current stage: 

The project’s primary data generation activity—the fielding of a large-scale survey among young Europeans and their parents—has been completed in 10 of the 11 partner countries. The consortium is currently analysing this data and preparing publications on young people’s economic self-sufficiency and the intergenerational transmission of work values. Furthermore, the project members are conducting, transcribing, and evaluating in-depth family interviews with three generations.

Fact sheet

Funding: 
EU
Duration: 
2012 to 2018
Status: 
ongoing
Data Sources: 
Survey data
Geographic Space: 
Europe

Publications