Reasonable expectations: limits on the promise of community councils

by Sue Berryman Bobrow

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Assesses whether and how the Wirtz concept of community-education-work councils might affect youth, particularly their unemployment rates. Since it is assumed that these councils will deliver programs of a career education nature, the paper assesses the potential effects of councils in terms of what effects career education programs might have. Specifically, it empirically tests the career education assumptions that: (1) youth unemployment rates are excessive; and (2) these rates are the result of malfunctions in youth's socialization to work, specifically the result of a decline in their work ethic, inadequate labor market information, and the wrong or not enough work skills.

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