Employment and Social Protection: Lessons from the Portuguese Response to the Pandemic

Published: Jun 30, 2021
Portugal Employment Social Protection Emergency Measures Pandemic Crisis
Maria Clara Oliveira
Ana Alves da Silva

This policy brief examines the emergency measures enacted by the Portuguese government as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in the fields of employment and social protection. During the pandemic several changes were introduced to the existing policies and new emergency programmes were created to prevent job loss and support families. While these emergency measures were essential to contain the negative effects of the crisis, they are also insufficient in what concerns their coverage and their scope. This study points to the need of a different approach in the design of future employment and social protection measures.

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Author Biographies
Maria Clara Oliveira, University of Lisbon
Institute for Economic, Financial and Tax Law of the University of Lisbon (IDEFF, Portugal).
Ana Alves da Silva, Collaborative Laboratory for Labour, Employment and Social Protection
Collaborative Laboratory for Labour, Employment and Social Protection (CoLABOR, Portugal).
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