Youth, Skills & Entrepreneurship in Latin America


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Young Latin Americans embody the region’s promise and perils. They stand at the crossroads of a region whose once promising economy and social progress are now undergoing a slowdown. Investing in youth, who make up a quarter of Latin America’s population, is one way to overcome current conditions and fuel endogenous growth. But too many youth lack the skills and education to be productive in society. What are some of the barriers preventing them from acquiring the tools and knowledge necessary for success? How can countries invest in skills and entrepreneurship to consolidate long-term growth?

The Inter-American Dialogue was pleased to host the launch of the report Latin American Economic Outlook 2017: Youth, Skills and Entrepreneurship, produced by the OECD, ECLAC and CAF, which focuses on the attitudes, challenges and opportunities of Latin America’s youth.