Regional Unemployment and Industrial Restructuring in Poland

31 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2000

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Andrew Newell

University of Sussex - School of Social Sciences & Cultural Studies; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Francesco Pastore

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Seconda Università di Napoli - Dipartimento di Discipline Giuridiche ed Economiche Italiane Europee e Comparate

Date Written: August 2000

Abstract

This paper studies regional unemployment inequality in Poland. We find that higher unemployment regions are those experiencing greater change in industrial structure. We also find high unemployment regions are those with higher inflow rates to unemployment rather than longer spells of unemployment. These findings suggest that regional unemployment varies importantly with job destruction in Poland. Econometric analysis of the determinants of employment to unemployment flows reinforces this impression. We use our estimates to assess the extent to which regional unemployment variation is due to economic restructuring. We show that this is cannot be done unambiguously and offer reasons why many previous attempts to separate out the effects of restructuring on unemployment have been unsuccessful.

Keywords: Industrial restructuring, unemployment, Polish transition

JEL Classification: J63, P23

Suggested Citation

Newell, Andrew T. and Pastore, Francesco and Pastore, Francesco, Regional Unemployment and Industrial Restructuring in Poland (August 2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=251996

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