Date of Award

Fall 12-2015

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

First Advisor

Edward Sayre

Advisor Department

Economic and Workforce Development


The level of youth unemployment in the Middle East is higher than any other region in the world. The detrimental effects of early unemployment can be broad and long lasting. This paper discusses some of the factors of youth unemployment in the Middle East, such as poor education systems and underdeveloped labor markets; and the social effects such as delayed marriages and political unrest. It then goes on to analyze the School-to-Work Transition Survey (SWTS) to understand the impact of age, sex, individual education, and parental education on the transition from school to work. The results indicated that sex and education play the largest part in transitioning. Males are at a greater advantage in the Jordanian labor market. Parental education was not as significant as expected.