Neither NEET nor Unemployed: Mexican Youth Homicide Inmates in Organised Crime

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Since 2007, academia, media and politicians in Mexico have discussed the causes and precursors of the Mexican Drug War. One of the contentious points is the profile of those participating in the violent conflict. Many from diverse positions have pointed out that the Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET) youth population is the leading participant. These assertions have cultivated policy design for the federal government with a new first job trainee program. I dispute this characterisation with data from vital statistics and the recent official inmate survey. Rather than a set fixed profile, I propose an adaptable life-course development description using the inmate survey data with a logit analysis of the probability of being sentenced for homicide in Mexico since 2006, the year of the war onset. By theoretically criticising NEET, I propose studying youth transitions to adulthood and socioeconomic marginalisation instead. The primary purpose of these criticisms is to inform and improve development policies focused on youth crime prevention and reduce violence in Mexico and other countries in Latin America facing increasing violent youth crime.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMexico
PublisherCentro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameWorking Papers


  • NEET
  • Violent crime
  • unemployment
  • Homicide
  • Youth
  • marginalisation


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