Béla Galgoczi

Béla Galgoczi
European Trade Union Institute | ETUI · Economic and labour market policies

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This article will demonstrate that, given the complexity of inequalities in the climate-environment-social nexus, fragmented policies for a just transition that focus on only one dimension of inequality will not deliver the results needed to justify proclaiming a ‘just transition for all’. By reframing the sustainability trilemma for the case of th...
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It has almost become a cliché to say that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities while also generating new ones. However, the following pages of this year’s Benchmarking Working Europe clearly reveal that, far from being a platitude, the nexus between the pandemic and rising inequalities is both increasingly measurable and...
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Intra-EU labor mobility is often characterized as a major contributor to better functioning European labor markets. Does the evidence of recent cross-border labor mobility support this positive expectation? Does the EU live up to its potential of being a role model by showing that managing free movement of labor in turbulent times is possible? We w...
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This chapter provides an overview of wage developments and their drivers during the first two decades of the transformation process in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). It puts the experience of CEE countries in the context of the current European situation and draws some lessons for Asia.
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This Working Paper describes the main trends in post-enlargement east/west intra-EU labour mobility. It looks at how different population groups, nationals, EU8 and EU21 migrants have been affected by the turbulent processes of opening up national labour markets and subsequently by the crisis.
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This article addresses one of the major fault lines that emerged with the controversial crisis management practices in a divided Europe. Much attention has been paid to divergences between the Eurozone core (Germany and other surplus countries) and the crisis-ridden southern periphery of the monetary union. The crisis and its aftershocks that hit C...
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The continued economic crisis has become a major test for the labour markets of individual member states. Labour mobility within the European Union has the potential to help to reduce labour market pressures and ease economic imbalances. However, a long-term loss of working age population can be detrimental to sending countries. This Forum explores...
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Managing the large-scale restructuring away from the previously established resource-wasting industrial mass production and consumption model towards a socially balanced and resource-efficient economy requires an adaptation of interest reconciliation mechanisms, including also new strategic approaches by the main actors. As we are speaking of a tra...
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Largely because of the European Union's two-phase expansion in 2004 and 2007, labor migration across the continent has changed significantly in recent years. Notably, the EU's policy of open borders has enabled a growing stream of workers to leave new member states in search of higher wages. As a result, the nature, scale, and direction of migratio...
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This paper by senior ETUI researchers Béla Galgóczi and Janine Leschke looks at recent trends in labour migration from new EU member states to the EU15, with a focus on the impact of the crisis on intra-EU labour mobility. Based on data from the European Labour Force Survey, the findings of the study contradict expectations, previously expressed in...
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The debate on the free movement of labour within the EU has gained new momentum in the wake of the economic crisis. Building on the earlier Ashgate publication EU Labour Migration Since Enlargement, the editors have assembled a team of experts from across Europe to shed light on the critical issues raised by internal labour mobility within the EU i...
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This working paper is an update of the 2009/3 ETUI Working Paper that was itself an abridged and revised version of the introductory chapter of the book EU Labour Migration since Enlargement: Trends, Impacts and Policies. The book, published by Ashgate in May 2009, was edited by the present authors. This updated working paper focuses on the effects...
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This commentary shows the patterns of a production model in Central Eastern Europe (CEE) that was based on a specific division of labour within the enlarged Europe. Its foundation was a newly emerged manufacturing base in Central Eastern Europe (CEE) and it was seen as a prerequisite for economic renewal in post-communist countries. This production...
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This introductory article reviews the key issues involved in the debate about the financialisation of the economy. It briefly describes a number of key features at the level both of national economies, such as the growth of the financial sector, and of individual firms, such as changes in the way profits are used. It discusses their interrelationsh...
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How are social policy actors in major sectors of the European economy responding to the current economic and financial crisis? This working paper summarises the plant-level responses of social policy actors to the symptoms of the current recession between October and mid January 2009. It examines how, during this period, organised labour and capita...
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One of the most important consequences of EU enlargement in May 2004 was to extend the principle of the free movement of labour to the citizens of the central and eastern European new member states. In this book a team of labour economists and migration experts sheds light on the dimensions, characteristics and impacts of cross-border labour migrat...
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Central east European new member states have been shaken by the financial crisis and some of them, in the most turbulent periods, have even been haunted by the spectre of state bankruptcy. Any such developments would pose a real threat to the whole of Europe and would undermine the foundations of the European idea. The crisis in central and eastern...
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Throughout Europe increasing fears have arisen over the temptation among employers to relocate jobs to low-wage countries. Sluggish economic growth and continued high unemployment in much of the EU15, and low employment and income levels in the new member states (NMS), exacerbate these fears. Companies seek to take advantage of newly emerged opport...
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Relocation has recently raised renewed concerns in Europe, being seen as reducing employment. This article examines the characteristics of relocation, the factors driving relocation and related policy issues. The authors argue that a number of factors foster relocation but there are also important reasons why firms ‘stay put’. For the moment, reloc...
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This article examines foreign direct investment (FDI) in the European context and assesses the significance of relocation of production and workplaces from the west to the east. The first part of the article provides a statistical overview of FDI in central and eastern European countries (CEECs) for the last five years. Structural features of FDI f...
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This article examines wage developments in 1990-2000 in the central and eastern European candidate countries. Two basic approaches are used: a comparison of wage levels in these countries with wages in EU countries and an examination of the development of wages in relation to other indicators of economic performance in the countries observed. Nomin...
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This contribution is based on a longitudinal research project in six Hungarian companies. The field-work lasted two years and included four years of retrospective tracing of events, giving data covering six years during the transition from centralized state control to attempts at introducing a market economy. The project adopted a micro-economic de...
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A szocialista tervgazdaságból a piacgazdaságba történő átmenet rendkívül összetett politikai-gazdasági és társadalmi-kulturális kérdéseinek vizsgálata egyes társadalomkutatók szerint egy különleges diszciplínát, az ún. tranzitológiát hívta életre. A jelen dolgozat az első magyar nyelvű beszámoló arról a több mint két éve folyó kutatómunkáról, amely...
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Throughout Europe increasing fears have arisen over the temptation among employers to relocate jobs to low-wage countries. Sluggish economic growth and continued high unemployment in much of the EU15, and low employment and income levels in the new member states (NMS), exacerbate these fears. Companies seek to take advantage of newly emerged opport...
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La evolución de los salarios en los países que van a entrar en la Unión Europea se ha convertido en el centro del debate a ambos lados de la actual frontera de Schengen. Los actuales miembros están empezando a preocuparse porque el próximo ingreso en la organización de los países con bajos salarios pueda socavar sus logros económicos y sociales. Si...
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La clave del proceso de transformación fue el cambio de estatus de estas economías en el seno de la economía mundial, pasando de ser la "periferia desarrollada" de un centro subdesarrollado (la Unión Soviética) a ser la "periferia subdesarrollada" de un centro desarrollado (la Unión Europea). Este cambio de estatus se basó en la repentina ruptura d...

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Are wages in Eastern Europe too low? What are the prospect of convergence in living standards in the EU?