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

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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.

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Góra, M., Schmidt, C.M. Long-term unemployment, unemployment benefits and social assistance: The Polish experience. Empirical Economics 23, 55–85 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01205680

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Key words

  • Transition economies
  • unemployment structure
  • unemployment insurance

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  • J64
  • J65