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

  • Marek GÕra

    ()

    (Warsaw School of Economics, Niepodleglosci 162, PL-Warsaw 02-554, Poland)

  • Christoph M. Schmidt

    ()

    (AWI, University of Heidelberg, Grabengasse 14, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany)

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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Volume (Year): 23 (1998)
Issue (Month): 1/2 ()
Pages: 55-85

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