Youth employment partnerSHIP – evaluation studies in Spain, Hungary, Italy and Poland

realization time: 10.2018 – 06.2022

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How effectively are young people supported on the labour market? Project “Youth Employment PartnerSHIP” aims to answer this question by evaluating employment initiatives targeting youth in Spain, Hungary, Italy and Poland.

The European Youth Guarantee (EYG) was introduced in 2013 to combat youth unemployment. Five years in, policies resulting from EYG still lack comprehensive evaluations in a cross-country framework. The countries participating in the project share common challenges of high youth unemployment and low capacity to perform high quality impact studies of youth employment Initiatives.

The project will evaluate two set of initiatives:

  • outreach activities of Public Employment Services (PES) and
  • job trials/job subsidies to different job contracts offered to youth, with a particular attention paid to gender dimension of policy targeting and outcomes.

We will use harmonized methods of evaluation based on similar administrative data, which are little explored in CEE and SE Europe. These evaluation studies will be complemented with RCT (Randomized Control Trials) experiments in Hungary, Poland and Spain. They will assess which interventions have the potential to boost outreach to inactive, unregistered youth.

In addition, the project will build capacity in research institutions to implement evaluation studies of employment initiatives by creating a transnational research network on youth employment policies, internships for PhD students and workshops on evaluation methods for researchers from other institutions. It will also promote the use of impact studies among policy-makers. As a result, youth employment policies can become more effective.

All publications prepared as a part of the project are available on the project’s website.


The „Youth employment partnerSHIP – evaluation studies in Spain, Hungary, Italy and Poland” project benefits from 1,8 million € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment. The Fund supports international project initiatives that promote sustainable and quality youth employment in Europe.

The project is implemented by:

Lead partner – IBS (Institute for Structural Research from Warsaw, Poland)

Budapest Institute for Policy Analysis (Hungary)

Collegio Carlo Alberto (Italy)

Foundation for Applied Economics Studies – FEDEA (Spain)

National Institute for the Analysis of Public Policies – INAPP (Italy)

University of the Basque Country (Spain)

Expertise partners

NHH Norwegian School of Economics (Norway)

Paris School of Economics (France)

The World Bank

IBS - principal investigator:
Iga Magda
IBS - researchers:
Marta Palczyńska, Jan Gromadzki, Mateusz Smoter

The European Association of Labour Economists (EALE) Annual Conference
The Conference took place in Prague on 21-23 September 2023. Piotr Lewandowski and Marta Palczyńska represented IBS.
Gender Gaps Conference 2023
The conference took place in Warsaw on 11-12 September 2023. Marta Palczyńska represented IBS.
IBS research at ESPE 2023 – the Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics
This year the ESPE conference was held in Belgrade in June. Marta Palczyńska from IBS presented the paper "The employment effects of a wage subsidy for the young during an economic recovery", co-authored by Astrid Kunze (NHH) and Iga Magda (IBS).
Marta Palczyńska at SEHO 2023 – the Annual Meeting of the Society of Economics of the Household
SEHO - the Society of Economics of the Household brings together scientists from around the world dealing with the subject of broadly understood economics of the household. The University of Copenhagen organised this year's meeting.
The results of a wage subsidy programme at the IZA workshop.
The IZA workshop "Inequality in Post-Transition and Emerging Economies" was organised by Hartmut Lehmann, Natalia Danzer, and Alexander Muravyev. Marta Placzyńska presented IBS's research findings.
The “Youth Employment Policy” Conference –hope for new and better solutions for young people.
„It’s difficult but not impossible” is the slogan of the meeting where representatives of various backgrounds were wondering how to improve existing employment support programs.
The ‘Youth Employment policy’ conference 8th of June 2022 on-site in Brussels and online
Over 200 people from over 31 countries – scientists, policymakers and representatives of non-governmental organisations were discussing the most recent problems and trends related to the youth labour market.
“Youth employment policy” Conference – join us!
What must we do to improve youth employment support programs? – Iga Magda, vice-president of the Institute for Structural Research.
“Youth employment policy” Conference
8th of June 2022 Business &Science Poland Conference Centre Rue Belliard 40, Brussels + online
“Youth emplyoment partnerSHIP” has been launched!
We launched our new project during a special session of the 2019 IBS and the World Bank Conference – Warsaw, January 16.
“Youth Employment PartnerSHIP” launch event
We kindly invite you to the launch event for our new international project „Youth Employment PartnerSHIP” – Warsaw, January 16.
What works for whom? Youth labour market policy in Poland – webinar
Summary of the workshop on the evaluation of active labour market policies available in Poland for the unemployed youth.
2023-06-15 The employment effects of a wage subsidy for the young during an economic recovery
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This study investigates the employment effects of a large-scale wage subsidy programme for the young unemployed that was introduced in 2016, during a period of recovery in the Polish economy. The focus is on the question of whether the effects differed between men and women. ...
2022-09-28 Young women on the labour market in Hungary and Poland
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The gender employment gap between young, prime-age men and women in Poland and Hungary is large in comparison to that in other EU countries. This is mainly due to the low employment rates among women with young children who withdraw from the labour market due ...
2022-07-22 How PES strategies for reaching young NEETs can be improved?
The purpose of this policy brief is to call attention to the lack of outreach to vulnerable youth by focusing on the experiences of four European countries (Spain, Hungary, Italy, and Poland). We also show why the PES might not make sufficient efforts to incentivise ...
2022-07-06 Informing young unemployed people about support measures – does it work?
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We conducted a survey experiment in Poland to investigate how providing young people from the NEET group with information affected their rate of registration with the public employment services. The individuals assigned to the treatment group received information about the services offered by the PES. ...
2021-03-26 Outreach activities of public employment services in Poland
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This publication was created as part of the “Youth Employment PartnerSHIP” project, which seeks to combat unemployment among young people. It measures the effectiveness of instruments to support young people who aren’t working or studying in four countries: Poland, Spain, Italy and Hungary. The project ...
2021-03-26 What works for whom? Youth labour market policy in Poland
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This paper compares the relative effectiveness of selected active labour market policies available to young unemployed people in Poland in the years 2015-2016. We use rich administrative data and propensity score matching techniques to control for the non-random selection of unemployed individuals into alternative interventions. ...
2021-03-15 Counterfactual evaluation of youth employment policies. Methodological guide
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This publication was created as part of the “Youth Employment PartnerSHIP” project, which seeks to combat unemployment among young people. It measures the effectiveness of instruments to support young people who aren’t working or studying in four countries: Poland, Spain, Italy and Hungary. The project ...
2021-03-15 Policy lessons from the evaluation of youth employment policies in Spain, Hungary, Italy and Poland
This policy brief summarises the main lessons of four studies prepared in the Youth Employment PartnerSHIP project. Each study evaluated the impact on young people of one or several employment policies using counterfactual quantitative methods based on administrative data from four countries. The issue of youth unemployment is relevant in all of these countries, although…
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