The “Dynamics of youth employment precarity: drivers, trajectories, and outcomes in a cross-national perspective” project (CNB-Young) analyses the phenomenon of precarious work among young adults in Poland, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.

Through quantitative analyses of individual economic trajectories, the CNB-Young project seeks to explain the ways in which the interplay of various characteristics of individuals and their households, together with institutional settings of various countries, affects workers’ chances of moving into secure employment, or determines the outcomes of early career instability.

The harmonized Cross-National Biographies – Young (CNB-Young) dataset created as part of the project will offer a comparative view of precarious work, its determinants and consequences, from a life-course perspective. The dataset includes data from long-standing national panel surveys on large samples of individuals and households in four countries: Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The following surveys are included:

  • Polish Panel Survey POLPAN (Poland),
  • Socio-Economic Panel SOEP (Germany),
  • UK Household Longitudinal Survey UKHLS “Understanding Society” (Great Britain),
  • National Longitudinal Survey of Youth NLSY79 Young Adults Survey (United States).

The dataset and its full documentation will be made available to the international academic community.

CNB-Young is conducted by a consortium of the University of Warsaw (UW) and the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN). The research team is headed by Anna Kiersztyn (Institute of Sociology, UW) and Zbigniew Sawiński (IFiS PAN).

The CNB-Young project is funded by a Polish National Science Centre OPUS grant no. 2018/31/B/HS6/02043. The planned duration of the project: 3 years (2019–2022).