Unemployment and Labour Market Policies

  • Elodie Douarin
  • Tomasz Mickiewicz
Part of the Studies in Economic Transition book series (SET)


After our discussion of the impact of privatisation and restructuring, as well as of new firms’ entry and entrepreneurship in Chapter 8, we return to these issues to discuss unemployment. In particular, the reasons why labour market outcomes have been so different in various transition economies are explored.


Unemployment Restructuring Social safety net Labour market Transition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elodie Douarin
    • 1
  • Tomasz Mickiewicz
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Slavonic and East European StudiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Aston Business SchoolAston UniversityBirminghanUK

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