Natalia Herbst


The Inactives: How Can Public Policy Encourage the Engagement of the Youth in the Labor Market? 

My aim is to characterize the segment of the 15- to 29-year-olds in Buenos Aires that falls into the category of non-economically active population (EAP). Results from the 2012 Home Annual Survey show that while the city’s EAP is within ECLAC’s estimations for urban areas in Argentina, there is a considerable inequality when the numbers are disaggregated by sub-units (comunas). This inequality is observed consistently in four adjacent comunas in the southwest of the city where high rates of inactivity are registered, leading to the presumption that certain characteristics of this geographical area, along with certain social indicators, may affect the increased number of inactive young people. I will compare the communities with EAP to the two comunas with best labor insertion rates and complement the results with further data about habits and cultural practices, motives for abandoning the education system, and motivations to stop looking or never look for employment. 

Part of No Exit? Migration and Borders



Natalia Herbst, (City of Buenos Aires), earned a Lic. in International Studies from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina (UTDT), as well as a scholarship from the Fulbright Commission Young Leaders Program. She teaches at UTDT, where she currently co-dictates a seminar about international relations through film. She researches issues of international cooperation and development in the Global South, with a particular focus on Haiti, Brazil, and India. This work was published in Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica and the Iberoamerican Journal of Development Studies. Presently, Herbst manages a team that advises the Deputy Chief of Government of the City of Buenos Aires on diversity and inclusion policies for youth. 

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