Speaking about Social Investment and Young in Italy.

Last Wednesday April 10th, 2019, I was happy to participate in the open debates for Critical Thinking at the Università Pompeu Fabra, de Barcelona. I was invited to discuss a coming soon chapter on Social Investment and Young in Italy, which will be soon published by Routledge. Great discussion indeed!

The chapter analyze the social and economic condition of young in Italy, putting in evidence their disadvantaged labour market integration. The second part of the analysis takes in account two of the main policies proposed for facing this phenomenon (apprenticeship in higher education and youth guarantee).

The results show that more than a supply-side driven problem, the problem of young Italians lies in a weak demand for high-skilled workers, a scarce interest in investing in Human Resources and an institutional system which is not able to favor a smooth transition to the labour market.

Marginal work in the REPS

Conference proceedings from the last edition 2018 of REPS (Red Espanola de Politicas Sociales) are now available online, including a contribution on marginal work in Southern Europe with A. Firinu. The chapter is entitled From dualization to continuum. Exploring dimensions of Outsiderness in Southern Europe

In this chapter, we explore involuntary non-standard work across a selection of six countries geographically located in the South of Europe (Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, France and Croatia) but not all belonging to the so-called Southern European model. Our analysis shows the growth of involuntariness and of work at risk of abuse along in the crisis, especially in France, Spain and Italy.

Read it at pag. 1257.

New Publication on Marginal Work

I am so happy to announce that a short chapter about marginal work in Italy written with Antonio Firinu has been published in a recent book from Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli that explores the relationship between work and social vulnerability. The book is entitled “Porte Girevoli. Contributi di ricerca e buone pratiche sul lavoro marginale e le nuove vulnerabilità sociali” and it is freely accessible on the FGGF website.

The chapter (in Italian) gives a theoretical introduction to the concept of marginal work, then showing the growth of marginal work in correspondence with the crisis and concentrated among young adult (25-36).