Empirical Economics

, Volume 23, Issue 1–2, pp 55–85 | Cite as

Long-term unemployment, unemployment benefits and social assistance: The Polish experience

  • Marek Góra
  • Christoph M. Schmidt


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.

Key words

Transition economies unemployment structure unemployment insurance 

JEL classification

J64 J65 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marek Góra
    • 1
  • Christoph M. Schmidt
    • 2
  1. 1.Warsaw School of EconomicsPL-WarsawPoland
  2. 2.AWIUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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