Sustaining the Transition

The Social Safety Net in Postcommunist Europe

January 01, 1997

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In the transition of the postcommunist countries from central planning to market economies, the role of the social safety net has become increasingly important and controversial. The dislocations caused by the transition-in particular unemployment and poverty-have increased the demand for social support. But the level of benefits set in the communist era is, in most of these countries, too high to be sustained without inflicting serious damage on their economies.

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