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: 

Since the project is currently in its final phase, the main activity in 2017 was to create scientific publications based on the collected primary data (among others multi-generation interviews and a quantitative survey of young adults and their parents in 11 European countries). The empirical results have been presented and discussed at several scientific conferences. An edited volume with central findings of the multi-generation interviews is already under contract with the well-known publisher Palgrave Macmillan.

Fact sheet

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

Publications