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Let young people join the legislative process. A Twitter based experiment on internships

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Paolo Nicola Barbieri
Francesca Fazio
Gabriele Gamberini
Publicerad i Computers in Human Behavior
Volym 60
Sidor 468–482
ISSN 0747-5632
Publiceringsår 2016
Publicerad vid Centrum för hälsoekonomi (CHEGU)
Institutionen för nationalekonomi med statistik
Sidor 468–482
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2016.02.08...
Ämnesord Youth employment; Internships; Labour market institutions; Employment protection legislation; Twitter
Ämneskategorier Ekonometri, Ungdomsforskning, EU-rätt


This paper examines the possible effects of labour market institutional characteristics on young people's perceptions of their internship experiences as expressed on Twitter. By looking at these opinions (satisfaction versus dissatisfaction) in relation to certain features of internships as well as to the more general labour market regulatory framework, this project aims to give a voice to young people, enabling them (indirectly) to provide policy suggestions to law-makers. Furthermore, we propose a preview of a possible empirical model for data collection based on the manual coding of Tweets. By employing a Probit regression and Blinder–Oaxaca and Fairlie decompositions, we have tried to establish a link between the perceived evaluation of internships and the country where the internship is based, the latter being used as a proxy for the legal system. In all our tests we found that the country in which the internship is placed is the main factor in the positive or negative perception. We also find that the more difficult is to hire a young worker on a temporary basis the lower will be his valuation of the internship experience. Ultimately we propose the use of Twitter not only as a relevant research tool, but also as an instrument for bringing young people's needs to the attention of law-makers.

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