Twenty million youths to incorporate in the region’s economies: A challenge for all governments

By Élida Bustos The number is well-known, but that doesn’t make it less dramatic. One out of every five Latin American young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years are now in their productive years, and neither studies nor works. They are the “NEET” (“Not in Education, Employment, or Training”), or ‘Nini’ in Spanish. In absolute numbers, 20 million people who should be contributing to the economies of their countries and of Latin America and forging a future, are not. “Youths who leave school and stop accumulating human capital will have lower salaries and worse job prospects, patterns that could ruin their entire work lives,” says the World Bank study, “Neets in Latin America,” prepared by economists Rafael […]