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Iranian Youth in Times of Economic Crisis

Published on: October 2010​
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Genre: Economics/Finance​ Category: Research Report/ Research Paper/ White Paper​

In this paper, the author reviews the evidence on youth transitions in Iran, using recent survey data for 2007 and 2008, to show how the economic crisis since 2008 has affected youth transitions to employment and to marriage. The author also shows how transitions differ by family background and by region of residence – rural and urban. While in many ways "waithood" is a phenomenon that cuts across social classes in Iran, disadvantaged youth sometimes face greater challenges in transitions to employment and marriage.

The next section begins with a presentation of Iran’s rapidly changing demography, which is a major influence on young peoples’ lives. Thanks to a baby boom in the early years of the Islamic Revolution, roughly around 1979-1984, the cohorts of young people reaching adulthood in the last few years have been by far the largest in Iran’s history. Iran boasts the highest share of 15-29 year olds in total population of any country in the world.


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