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Out of School Youth, Unemployed Latino Teens Can Spell Doom for the Economy

Latinos Health
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February 12, 2016

Chronic Poverty in Latin America (Latin America and the Caribbean)

There's a new threat to the Latin American economy, and it comes in the form of "ninis," which is short for "ni estudia ni trabaja," alluding to Latino youth aged 15 to 24 who are neither studying nor working.

According to WSWS, the World Bank released a report documenting the number of "ninis" in Latin America, which amounted to over 20 million, two-thirds of which are women. Furthermore, the biggest contributing factor for women to become unemployed or to be out of school was early marriage or teenage pregnancy.

For men, the biggest factor was dropping out of school at a young age, typically followed by unemployment. This setting further leads these "ninis" to work in a string of unstable jobs, having no skills and training from any formal setting, and often not being able to get back into school.

The report by World Bank is titled "Out of School and Out of Work: Risk and Opportunities for Latin America’s Ninis" and was co-authored by World Bank senior economist Rafael E. De Hoyos Navarro and lead economist Halsey Rogers.

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