Overqualified and underemployed: a sombre snapshot of the labour market for young people

Graduates are leaving university with scant prospects, feeling let down by policy-makers and waking up to the generational divide. Carlotta Hartmann, IF Intern, investigates the labour market pressures facing young Brits today Graduates feeling let down Young people across OECD countries have been disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to… Read more »

What does fewer births mean for intergenerational fairness?

Conceptions are falling in England and Wales. Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, looks at the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)  Latest data released by the ONS show a 2.1% fall in the number of conceptions in England and Wales between 2018 and 2019. This was the largest annual decrease since 2012.… Read more »

Freedom and injustice in the time of coronavirus

Last week, the majority of COVID-19 restrictions in England were removed, marking the biggest return to “normality” that we have seen since the beginning of the pandemic. However, this does not mean the end of restrictions for everybody, as IF Researcher, Lizzie Simpson, discusses how the new settlement affects younger people differently, and how this… Read more »

What should an economic recovery post-COVID 19 look like for younger generations?

In this contribution to IF’s Worldwide Blog Week on what an economic recovery from COVID-19 should look like for younger generations, Caitie Gillett, Programme Manager for the Conservative Environment Network, lays out her vision Action is required As we map out our recovery from COVID-19, an increasing number of Brits believe action on air pollution,… Read more »

It’s time for post-COVID payback for Australia’s young people

Australia has been called a “lucky country” thanks to very low COVID-19 deaths, but that has come at an economic cost to younger Australians who have not fared well. Think Forward, a newly established lobby group for young Australians who want politicians to prioritise and take action on issues of intergenerational fairness, argues that young… Read more »

Intergenerational equity: Covid-19 recovery within planetary boundaries

As Europe slowly emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, Agata Meysner, Director of Generation Climate Europe, argues that we have a unique opportunity to redesign our economic system to fit within the Earth’s planetary boundaries and that the EU needs to move beyond the growth-oriented fossil fuel economy to create a green and just transition for… Read more »

What should a post-pandemic economic recovery look like for younger generations?

In this contribution to IF’s Worldwide Blog Week, Chris Wongsosaputro, Co-Chair of the Young Fabians Economy & Finance Network, calls on the government response to COVID-19 to focus on improving younger generations’ skill sets Young people hit hardest In economic terms, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted young people more than other generations. Figures from the… Read more »

What should a post-COVID-19 recovery should look like for young people in Germany?

In this contribution to IF’s worldwide blog week, Jörg Tremmel, Co-founder of Germany’s Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations, looks at a post-corona-Germany in three decisive policy fields: public health, public debt and the climate crisis.  Public health SARS-CoV-2 has changed fundamentally the level of acceptance for rigid public health measures in Germany (as… Read more »

Generation Covid: how can we build back better and fairer across generations?

In this article, Tan Suee Chieh, Immediate Past-President of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, explains how young people globally could become a “lost generation” unless policy shifts towards prioritising the long term. During a war it is usually the young who are sent to do the fighting. If you view the pandemic as a… Read more »

You may say “jam tomorrow”. But we say, “share today”

In this contribution to IF’s Worldwide Blog Week, IF supporter and Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography of the School of Geography and the Environment of the University of Oxford, Danny Dorling, argues that rather than promising growth tomorrow, policy-makers should give more to younger generations today Slowing GDP growth We tend to assume that there… Read more »