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Optimal speed of transition with a shrinking labour force and under uncertainty

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  • Randolph Luca Bruno

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In the 1990s - during the restructuring of large state enterprises - Central European economies experienced high unemployment. Social policy expenditures, particularly targeted to the non-employed, grew faster than expected due to the need to finance the "out-of-the-labour" categories. In 1992, after the Passive Labour Market Policies' reforms, the pace of transition decelerated. Unemployment dynamics, speed of transition and non-employment policies are modelled based on the assumption that the labour force is shrinking over time. Dismissed workers have the opportunity to choose an "outside-option" alternative to labour force participation. Individual uncertainty is assumed in a first phase of transition, while aggregate uncertainty - generating opposition to restructuring - is modelled in a second phase. The model predicts a slowdown in the speed of transition. Copyright (c) The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 2006.

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Article provided by The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in its journal Economics of Transition.

Volume (Year): 14 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 69-100

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Cited by:
  1. Marcello Signorelli & Enrico Marelli, 2007. "Institutional change, regional features and aggregate performance in eight EU’s transition countries," Quaderni del Dipartimento di Economia, Finanza e Statistica 37/2007, Università di Perugia, Dipartimento Economia, Finanza e Statistica.
  2. Münich, Daniel & Svejnar, Jan, 2007. "Unemployment in East and West Europe," CEPR Discussion Papers 6315, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Michael Landesmann & Hermine Vidovic, 2006. "Employment Developments in Central and Eastern Europe," wiiw Research Reports 332, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
  4. Balla, Katalin & Köllo, János & Simonovits, András, 2008. "Transition with heterogeneous labor," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 19(3), pages 203-220, September.

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