Many times, we hear the saying: “youth are the future”. They certainly are… but what type of future can we offer to the 22 million youth who are currently out of school and out of work in Latin America and the Caribbean? Even though many young people have studied hard and received some kind of job training, they do not always find a good job. … [Read more...] about Skills Needed: Training Young People for Real Jobs
Laura Ripani is the Chief of the IDB's Labor Markets Division. She specializes in the area of the future of work, with a particular interest in improving opportunities for young people. She has published extensively in academic journals on labor markets, social protection, and education. With more than twenty years of experience, Laura has developed an extensive network of international contacts in the public, private, and academic sectors and has become a thought leader for labor markets and the future of work issues. Before joining the IDB, she worked at the World Bank on projects related to the link between poverty and labor markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has a Ph.D. and a Master's in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor's and Master's in Economics from the National University of La Plata, Argentina.