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Labor Market Policies and Unemployment in the Czech Republic

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  • Katherine Terrell
  • Vit Sorm

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We analyze the impact of the active labor market policies (ALMPS) and the unemployment compensation system (UCS) on unemployment duration's of different groups in the Czech population by estimating hazard functions with new macroeconomic data. We conclude these programs were effective in improving the functioning of the labor market. The UCS system has allowed the unemployed to search for jobs but has not unduly prolonged unemployment spells. This first analysis of the effectiveness of ALMPs on unemployment duration's shows that job brokering shortened spells of the groups that tended to have longer unemployment duration's: women, Romans, handicapped, less educated, and those with an unemployment history. Overall our results suggest that the UCS and the ALMPs increased the social acceptability of the painful economic transition.

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  • Katherine Terrell & Vit Sorm, 1998. "Labor Market Policies and Unemployment in the Czech Republic," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 216, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
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    1. Burda, Michael C & Lubyová, Martina, 1995. "The Impact of Active Labour Market Policies: A Closer Look at the Czech and Slovak Republics," CEPR Discussion Papers 1102, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    JEL classification:

    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies
    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies

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