Videos from the IBS seminars

April 18 2018
Is high inequality an issue in Poland? What is the labour market impact of the 500+ child benefit?

We would like to remind you the research presented at our seminars in October 2017.

(Un)equal wages, incomes and wealth in Poland?

During the seminar we focused on the differences in trends in wage dispersion, income inequality and wealth inequality in Poland compared to the situation in other European countries. We also discussed: the inequality of income opportunities, the income share accrued to the top-earning 1% of Poles, public expenditure, minimum wage and gender pay gap. The presentations were given by Michał Brzeziński (UW), Paweł Bukowski (LSE), Jakub Sawulski (IBS, UEP) and Karolina Goraus-Tańska (UW). All materials are available on the event website. All videos in Polish are available on the Polish website.

Top Incomes during Wars, Communism and Capitalism: Poland 1892-2015 – Paweł Bukowski (LSE)
“Family 500+” benefit and women on the labour market ↓

Since the introduction of the “Family 500+” child benefit in Poland in 2016, fears were raised that the programme would likely decrease the economic activity of mothers, which is already lower than that of fathers and women without children. At the seminar Iga Magda (IBS, SGH) showed that in 2016 unemployment rate decreased both for men and women but among women it was to a larger extent. Matteo Morgandi (The World Bank) presented that, in its current form, the system of family benefits in Poland is likely to discourage parents from working, especially when we account for the cost of private child care. During the seminar there were also a presentation by Michał Myck (CenEA) and a panel discussion. The summary is available on the event website.

“Family 500+” and womens’ labour market participation – Iga Magda (IBS, SGH)
Can mothers afford to work in Poland? Matteo Morgandi & Ali Bargu (The World Bank)

by: Kuba Kiljan


The seminars were financially supported by the Minister of Science and Higher Education in Poland from resources for science dissemination (No. 892/P-DUN/2017).

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