Evaluation of the economic costs associated to the neet youth in Brazil

ABSTRACT The existence of millions of youths remain in the NEET status brings severe implications for the society and for the economy. Thus, this paper focuses on the main costs associated with the neet youth idleness through the Propensity Score Matching. The results reveal that the neet youths accounted for a cost of 0.6% of the GDP in 2015. Considering this significant annual cost and the increasing amount of neet youths in the last years, there is to be claimed for policies that hinder such a growing path in order to avoid severe economic and social losses in the long run.