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Labour-Market Reforms in Transition Economies

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  • Boeri, Tito

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Several lessons can be drawn from the natural experiments of central and eastern European countries with labour-market policies. Two of them are particularly relevant also for OECD countries. First, it is not wise to reduce the duration of unemployment benefits when the length of unemployment spells are on the rise, unless (i) unemployment is still low and there is the administrative capacity to implement active labour-market policies on a wide scale or (ii) there are income support schemes of the last resort in place and an administration capable of cost-effectively enforcing work-tests for those falling off unemployment benefit compensation rolls. The second and perhaps more positive lesson in the light of the above is that it is possible to transform institutions and create an efficient policy delivery mechanism within a short time span. Copyright 1997 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 13 (1997)
Issue (Month): 2 (Summer)
Pages: 126-40

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Handle: RePEc:oup:oxford:v:13:y:1997:i:2:p:126-40

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  12. Ours, J.C. van, 2000. "Do Active Labor Market Policies help Unemployed Workers to find and keep Regular Jobs," Discussion Paper 2000-10, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  13. Caroline Freund & Elena Ianchovichina, 2012. "Infrastructure and Employment Creation in the Middle East and North Africa," World Bank Other Operational Studies 10853, The World Bank.
  14. Spartak Keremidchiev, 2008. "Policies for Restructuring of the State Firms in Sector Water Supply and Sewage," Economic Studies journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 3, pages 66-111.
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  18. Marike Knoef & Jan C. van Ours, 2014. "How to Stimulate Single Mothers on Welfare to Find a Job; Evidence from a Natural Experiment," CESifo Working Paper Series 4804, CESifo Group Munich.

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