Author: Djavad Salehi-Isfahani
The current protests in Iran could be attributed to joblessness and unfulfilled economic expectations, but not necessarily to high poverty.
In 2015/16, a shocking 31% of men and 53% of women aged 18-29 were unemployed, compared to 20% and 19% in 1997. More importantly, the pain of this worsening situation is increasingly felt by older age groups. Entire families are affected when their young men and women are unable to find employment, housing, and form a family.