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Welfare and the Labor Market in Poland: Social Policy during Economic Transition


  • Rutkowski, J.J.


This report assesses the changes in social welfare and policy that have taken place in Poland during the economic transition. It aims to test the main hypotheses concerning changes in the role of the welfare state, workings of the labor market, the distributional consequences of transition, and more generally about the winners and losers in transition. Chapter one examines trends in social expenditure during economic transition. Chapter two focuses on changes in the labor market, including emerging risks and opportunities. Chapter three explores distributional consequences of transition.

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  • Rutkowski, J.J., 1998. "Welfare and the Labor Market in Poland: Social Policy during Economic Transition," Papers 417, World Bank - Technical Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wobate:417

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    Cited by:

    1. Luttmer,Erzo F.P., 2001. "Measuring poverty dynamics and inequality in transition economies - disentangling real events from noisy data," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2549, The World Bank.
    2. Keane, Michael P. & Prasad, Eswar S., 2006. "Changes in the structure of earnings during the Polish transition," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 80(2), pages 389-427, August.
    3. Gaspar Fajth, 2000. "Regional Monitoring of Child and Family Well-Being: UNICEF's MONEE Project," Papers inwopa00/1, Innocenti Working Papers.
    4. Ann Morissens & Diane Sainsbury, 2002. "European Anti-Poverty Policies in the 1990s: Toward a Common Safety Net?," LIS Working papers 307, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
    5. István Tóth & Michael Förster, 2000. "Trends in Child Poverty and Social Transfers in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland: Experiences from the Years after Transition," LIS Working papers 226, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.

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    JEL classification:

    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe


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