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Who can save Greece?

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By Daniel Gros

Economic Policy - CEPS Commentaries
Date of publication: 15 April 2010

After two months of heated debate, the basic conditions for the joint IMF/EU rescue operation for Greece have now been decided. In this latest Commentary, CEPS Director Daniel Gros takes a closer look at the figures and shows that the magnitude of the funds under discussion can at best tide the country through a rough patch. The key issue that will remain for years to come is whether Greece is willing to undertake the huge domestic effort required to achieve a sustainable fiscal position.

Transition Strategies and Labour Market Integration of Greek University Graduates

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Maria Karamessini

Greece has today the highest youth unemployment rate in the EU-27 while employment precariousness is disproportionately concentrated among young workers. Youth unemployment and employment precariousness are extremely high even among higher education graduates, generating a very long period of transition from education to work. Protracted transition calls for the development of diverse strategies for successful labour market integration before and after graduation. In this paper we use micro-data from a nation-wide survey conducted in 2005 to examine the incidence of different transition strategies among Greek university graduates, assess their effectiveness for successful labour market integration 5-7 years after graduation and test if the findings conform to the southern European pattern of labour market entry advanced by comparative socio-economic literature. The theoretical framework of our analysis is that of labour market segmentation and job competition theory in a context of high unemployment and imperfect information.

Thessaloniki’s arrested development: missed opportunities

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Cities are crucial nodes of global economic networks. A city’s economic success largely depends on its social capital and the existence of a hegemonic coalition for development. This paper focuses on Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, a country on the European periphery. The slow pace of development during the last
twenty years has placed Thessaloniki in a vicious circle. It is argued that given the significant structural problems in Greece, a wide social coalition for development that embraces a large segment of the socio-economic,  political, and intellectual forces is necessary to boost Thessaloniki’s development and ensure that its fruits will be reaped by all.

Lois Labrianidis
Economic Geographer, Prof. Dept of Economics University of Macedonia,
156 Egnatia str., 54006, Thessaloniki, Greece

Keywords: Thessaloniki, city competition, social coalition for development, growth coalition, development trajectory shift

The Record of Gender Policies in Greece 1980- 2010: legal form and economic substance

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HellenicObservatoryAntigone Lyberaki

Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe
June 2010

Reforms promoting gender equality in Greece are held by many to be one of the few real success stories of the post-1974 period. Indeed, there has been considerable activity in changes in employment, family, social insurance and other legislation all centered around the constitutional provision on equal treatment which came into force in 1983. This activism, however, was mainly about statutory changes and lacked a feminist analysis of women’s real position in the Greek economy and society.

The Record of Gender Policies in Greece 1980- 2010: legal form and economic substance

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Antigone Lyberaki Reforms promoting gender equality in Greece are held by many to be one of the few real success stories of the post-1974 period. Indeed, there has been considerable activity in changes in employment, family, social insurance and other legislation all centered around the constitutional provision on equal treatment which came into force in 1983. This activism, however, was mainly about statutory changes and lacked a feminist analysis of women’s real position in the Greek economy and society. The main argument of the paper is that gender equality-promoting policies, laws and measures - ‘Legalistic Formalism’- failed because they ignored the dual nature of the labour market and the economics of the family. By focusing on legal form and ignoring reality it allowed the reform momentum to be hijacked.