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Title: Another ‘Missing Middle’? The marginalised majority of tertiary-educated youth in Portugal during the economic crisis
Authors: Cairns, D.
Growiec, K.
Alves, N. A.
Keywords: Portugal
Missing middle
Tertiary-educated youth
Economic crisis
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Inc
Abstract: This article explores the present and imagined future impact of the Portuguese economic crisis among tertiary-educated youth in Lisbon. The results of a quantitative survey and follow-up interviews illustrate that this impact is widespread and multifaceted, ranging from a perceived devaluation of educational credentials and a loss of faith in the local job market to feeling unable to contemplate having a family of one’s own. This evidence suggests that diminished future expectations are prevalent among tertiary-educated Portuguese youth, a situation that has to date attracted surprisingly little attention in terms of research or policy responses. This finding leads us to conclude that we may be witnessing a Portuguese ‘missing middle’ phenomenon, demonstrating a form of youth disadvantage different to that traditionally experienced in countries such as the UK.
Description: WOS:000341336500005 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science)
Peer reviewed: Sim
ISSN: 1367-6261
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at:
Appears in Collections:CIES-RI - Artigos em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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