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NZAE annual conference 2013
Earning, learning, or concerning?: Youth labour market outcomes and youth incomes before and after the recession

Adam Tipper
Statistical Analyst, Development, Environment, Satellites, and Strategy Unit

Andrea Fromm
Statistical Analyst, Work, Knowledge, and Skills Unit

Statistics New Zealand
PO Box 2922
Wellington
New Zealand

info@stats.govt.nz

Abstract

The global economic downturn has had major negative repercussions on labour markets worldwide, particularly for youth. While the labour market outcomes of youth during the recession have been established, the immediate and short-term earnings effects of the recession are less understood.

This paper assesses both the labour market outcomes and earnings of youth during the recession, in order to gain a complete picture of the changing labour market and its income effects. Data from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) and the New Zealand Income Survey (NZIS) are used to provide a description of labour market outcomes, wages and salaries, hourly earnings, and the distribution of wages and salaries for youth compared with those aged 25–64 -years in New Zealand. Data from 2002–12 are presented, with a focus on outcomes following the period of decline in gross domestic product in 2008/09.

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