Social Exclusion and Labour Market Challenges in the Western Balkans
Edited by:
Will Bartlett, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Vassilis Monastiriotis, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Panagiotis Koutroumpis, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 1st Edition (July 1, 2020)

About this book
This edited volume focuses on the issue of social cohesion and explores the ways in which a lack of appropriate skills emanating from the weaknesses of the education systems in the Western Balkan region underpins high levels of structural unemployment and migration. It examines how states have sought to offer social protection to those excluded, based on high rates of employee social contributions, inadvertently creating adverse incentives to labour market participation. It also provides a detailed introduction to the main conclusions of the various contributions gathered here, and an overview of the lessons learned, which will be of direct interest to policy makers and practitioners in the field of social cohesion in the Western Balkans. The chapters of this book, presented at a conference of the LSEE Research Network on Social Cohesion held in Skopje 2017, comprise the latest research by leading scholars from the region who are part of the network.

Publication date: 01 July 2020 ISBN: 978-1527549692

About the authors

Will Bartlett is Visiting Senior Fellow at the Research Unit on South East Europe at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. His research interests focus on economic and social development in South East Europe. His publications include the monograph Europe’s Troubled Region: Economic Development, Institutional Reform and Social Welfare in the Western Balkans (2008).

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, where he is also Director of the LSE Research Unit on Southeast Europe. He has published numerous articles in various economics and regional science journals, including Regional Studies, the Journal of Regional Science, the British Journal of Industrial Relations and Oxford Economics Papers.

Panagiotis Koutroumpis is a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London, and was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His work has been published by the Journal of Empirical Finance and by the Economic and Scientific Policy Department of the European Parliament.

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