Unemployment in Transition Economies: Developments, Challenges and Lessons from the EU and the US
October 26-28, 2001
The conference was co-sponsored by the European Commission Phare-Ace Programme. The organizers were Maia Güell (UPF), José E. Galdón (U. Pública de Navarra) and Gilles Saint-Paul (U. of Tolouse). Financial support was obtained from the Spanish Ministerio de Educación y Cultura and from the Generalitat de Catalunya.
The goal of the conference was to organize a forum of international debate to discuss the recent developments on the field of labor economics both theoretically and empirically with special focus on the evolution of unemployment as well as long-term unemployment in transition economies. The participants of the conference were experts in this field from several transition economies as well as from different EU countries and the US. This international participation was crucial for the exchange of experiences from the different countries.
Some of the topics that were discussed include job mobility, compensation systems such as disability recipiency or unemployment insurance, and the effect of employment protection legislation on labor market performance among others.
Working papers available
A Dynamic General Equilibrium Model of Temporary Contracts
by César Alonso-Borrego and Jesús Fernández-Villaverde
Cross-country Comparisons of Wage Rates: The Big Mac Index
by Orlen Ashenfelter and Stepan Jurajda
The Rise in Disability Recipiency and the Decline in Unemployment
by David H. Autor and Mark G. Duggan
The Returns of Job Mobility during the Transition: Evidence from Czech Retrospective Data
by Daniel Münich, Jan Svejnar and Katherine Terrell
The interplay between insurance and assistance in unemployment compensation systems
by Javier Ortega and Laurence Rioux
Let’s go to court! Firing Costs and Dismissal Conflicts
by José E. Galdón-Sánchez and Maia Güell
Disentangling the Minimum Wage Puzzle: An Analysis of Job Accessions and Separations from a Longitudinal Matched Emplyer-Employee Data Set
by Pedro Portugal and Ana Rute Cardoso
On the Speed of Reallocation in Transition: Micro Evidence from the Czech Republic and Estonia
by Stepan Jurajda and Katherine Terrell
Counseling and Monitoring of Unemployed Workers: Theory and Evidence from a Controlled Social Experiment
by Gerard J. van den Berg and Bas van der Klaauw