Long-Term Unemployment, Unemployment Benefits and Social Assistance: The Polish Experience

Posted: 31 Dec 1998

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Marek Góra

Warsaw School of Economics (SGH); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Christoph M. Schmidt

RWI - Leibniz-Insitut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI Essen); Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

This paper provides a comprehensive account of the regulations governing the systems of unemployment support and social assistance in post-communist Poland. To provide a solid foundation for a further discussion of these issues, the paper extensively characterizes the Polish labor force in terms of the prevalence and duration of unemployment. A final aspect of our empirical analysis concerned the question of what are the main sources of personal income for labor force participants, unemployed workers and long-term unemployed workers. In conclusion, we argue for a reform of the Polish systems of income support that separates the objectives of employment growth and poverty alleviation, and that improves upon the implementation of support schemes.

JEL Classification: J64, J65

Suggested Citation

Góra, Marek and Schmidt, Christoph M., Long-Term Unemployment, Unemployment Benefits and Social Assistance: The Polish Experience. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=122948

Marek Góra

Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) ( email )

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