Unemployment Normalization

SCHEME: CORE

CALL: 2013

DOMAIN: SC - Social and Economic Cohesion

FIRST NAME: Claude

LAST NAME: Houssemand

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP / PPP: No

INDUSTRY / PPP PARTNER:

HOST INSTITUTION: University of Luxembourg

KEYWORDS: Unemployment, Normalisation, Trivialisation, Lifelong vocational orientation

START: 2014-09-01

END: 2017-08-31

WEBSITE: https://www.uni.lu

Submitted Abstract

The proposed research is a construct validity study of the concept of normalisation of unemployment and a longitudinal study with the aim to understand whether the level of normalisation of unemployment in jobless people has an impact on their chances of getting hired. The first part of the study will consist of a data gathering with two large samples (2 times 500) in France and in Luxembourg in order to asses construct validity of our instrument assessing normalisation of unemployment. To facilitate the data collection, a partnership with Public Employment Services (PESs) in France (Pole emploi) and Luxembourg (Agence pour le developpement de l emploi) will be undertaken. To assess the construct validity of the scale and its concept, several socio-professional and psychological dimensions will also be measured (like age, sex, qualification, profession, experience, coping with unemployment, employment commitment, job search strategies, perceived control of unemployment, etc.). This first study phase will allow verifying on a larger and more representative sample from 2 different countries if the construct is one-dimensional and what are its nomothetic relations to other unemployment-linked dimensions. Structural equation modelling will allow a better understanding of the directions of causality and to build a heuristic model of the personal, psychological, and socio-professional dimensions which play a role in the process of job finding. In a second stage, the dimensions of the model will be longitudinally linked with the employment status after 6 and 12 months (employment, training, active labour marked measures, unemployment) of the people unemployed at the beginning of the study. The objective of this part of the study is to test the impact of the level of normalisation of unemployment and of the interactions with other unemployment-related dimensions on the chances of being employed or reemployed. Finally, in a third part, the project will propose evidence-based recommendations, i.e. based on the results of our study. These could help to minimize the impact of the normalisation of unemployment through helping the professionals of the PESs to improve their offer of guidance, counselling and early detection of people at risk of long-term unemployment.

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