1st Edition

Labour Market Institutions and Productivity Labour Utilisation in Central and Eastern Europe

Edited By Beata Woźniak-Jęchorek, Michał Pilc Copyright 2021
    338 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    338 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explains the role of formal labour market institutions in keeping the labour utilisation in Central and Eastern Europe above the level characteristic for Western European states. It provides an innovative and enriching take on labour utilisation at large and how various formal labour market institutions can affect the ongoing trend in labour utilisation in a way that is not covered by the extant literature. The impact of labour market institutions on labour market outcomes is analysed throughout 12 chapters, both from a cross-country perspective and in detailed case-studies, by 21 labour market experts from various CEE countries.

    Most chapters are based on empirical methods yet are presented in an easy-to-follow way in order to make the book also accessible for a non-scientific audience.

    The volume explores three key questions:

    • How can labour utilisation be increased by labour market institutions?
    • Which CEE countries managed to create a labour market institutional framework beneficial for labour utilisation?
    • How should the labour market institutions in CEE countries be reformed in order to increase labour utilisation?

    The book argues that the legacy of transition reforms and a centrally planned past is still relevant in explaining common patterns among CEE countries and concludes that increasing the stock of skills accumulated by the employed and improving utilisation of these skills seems to be the first-best solution to increase labour utilisation.

    The book will be of interest to post-graduate researchers and academics in the fields of labour economics, regional economics, and macroeconomics as well as scholars interested in adopting an institutional analysis approach. Additionally, due to the broader policy implications of the topic, the book will appeal to policymakers and experts interested in labour economics.

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    Beata Woźniak-Jęchorek & Michał Pilc

    PART I

    Labour market institutions and labour utilisation across the CEE region

    Chapter 1. Labour Market Regulation and Labour Utilisation in CEE Countries

    Beata Woźniak-Jęchorek & Sławomir Kuźmar

    Chapter 2. Institutional Determinants of Firm-Sponsored Training of Young Employees

    Dominik Buttler

    Chapter 3. Skills Utilisation – Analysis across Countries and Occupations. Western European and Post-Socialist Countries Comparison.

    Magdalena Andrałojć & Kea Tijdens

    Chapter 4. Unemployment Benefits in CEE Countries. Does Their Limited Scope Match Societal Preferences?

    Monika Banaszewska & Michał Pilc

    Chapter 5. Part-Time Employment in Central and Eastern Europe: A Cross-Country Analysis

    Kamila Fialová


    Labour market reforms and utilisation: learning from countries’ experiences

    Chapter 6. Structures, Institutions and Agency: the Drivers of the Expansion of Precarious Employment in Poland

    Adam Mrozowicki

    Chapter 7. Skills Utilisation and Gender: Estonian Case Study

    Maryna Tverdostup

    Chapter 8. Utilisation of Returning Migrants’ Skills and Labour: The Case of Lithuania

    Egidijus Barcevičius, Luka Klimavičiūtė & Lukas Pukelis

    Chapter 9. The Economic Effects of the Minimum Wage in Slovenia

    Suzana Laporšek & Matija Vodopivec

    Chapter 10. The Role of Old-age Pension Systems as Labour Market Institutions: the Czech Republic and Poland Compared

    Paweł Łuczak & Michał Polakowski

    Chapter 11. How Active Labour Market Policy Helps the Most Disadvantaged: Evidence from the Czech Republic

    Ondřej Hora & Tomáš Sirovátka

    Chapter 12. Eroding Collective Bargaining in CEE Countries as a Counterproductive Factor in the Process of Labour Utilisation: The Cases of Bulgaria and Poland

    Jan Czarzasty & Vassil Kirov


    Beata Woźniak-Jęchorek & Michał Pilc



    Beata Woźniak-Jęchorek is an associate professor at the Institute of Economics at Poznań University of Economics and Business in Poland.

    Michał Pilc is an assistant professor at the Institute of Economics at Poznań University of Economics and Business in Poland.