Massimiliano Mascherini is Senior Research Manager at Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, a European Union Agency based in Dublin, Ireland. He is heading the Eurofound Strategic Area of “Monitoring Convergence in the European Union”. In the recent years he coordinated Eurofound projects’ cluster in the field of youth studies. He authored several publications on NEETs, youth (un)employment and policies to re-integrate youth in the labour market. He is the leading author of the publication “NEETs: young people Not in Employment, Education and Training – Characteristics, Costs and policy Responses” where an estimation of the economic and social cost of being NEETs was performed. He actively contributed at the discussion for the design and implementation of the European Youth Guarantee. His research interests include labour market research, social inclusion, social capital, civic participation and active citizenship. He was Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and lecturer at the University of Florence. He is Visiting Professor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Science and he was Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney (Australia) and at Aalborg University (Denmark). Mascherini received his Ph.D. in Applied Statistics at the University of Florence. Over the past few years he has produced in these fields a steady flow of publications in policy reports, conference proceedings and international peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the European Sociological Review and Social Indicator Research.