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

Research question/goal: 

CUPESSE is a project funded under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme and is dedicated to the comparative analysis of youth unemployment in Europe. By taking issues related both to the demand and supply sides into consideration, the project aimed at obtaining a comprehensive picture of the causes and consequences of unemployment among young people as well as formulating policy strategies and recommendations for addressing this ever-growing issue. The project brought together a broad network of researchers and practitioners from the fields of economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Organised around 8 work packages, the project engaged 12 partner institutions from EU Member States (Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom) and two Associated Countries (Switzerland and Turkey), where original qualitative and quantitative data was collected (in multi-generation in-depth interviews and a large-scale survey among young adults aged 18 to 35).  

CUPESSE, as an innovative project connecting a diverse group of actors and institutions from all over Europe, made a substantive contribution to understanding the complex processes regarding the employment situation of youth in Europe. With its multi-method, multidisciplinary and encompassing perspective, CUPESSE stands to make a significant impact not only in terms of the ways in which we comprehend the multifaceted concepts of economic self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship, but the project was also able to draw on these findings to draft policy recommendations which will be relevant for meeting the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy.

Fact sheet

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

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