Regular update of the Austrian specific part of the EUROMOD model, the tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union
Financed by: European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

02/2012 - ongoing

Michael Fuchs
Katarina Hollan

What is EUROMOD?
EUROMOD is a tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union (EU) that
  • enables researchers and policy analysts to calculate,
  • in a comparable manner,
  • the effects of taxes and benefits on household incomes and work incentives
  • for the population of each of the 28 Member States and for the EU as a whole.

Our task within the EUROMOD consortium
The EUROMOD consortium consists of the core developer group in ISER (University of Essex), which is directed by Holly Sutherland and the national expert groups of each Member States. Our task as the Austrian expert team is to provide an annual update of policy parameters, the Austrian input data (EU-SILC national data) for the model, as well as validation.

A detailed description of the policy parameters, the micro-database as well as on validation results is provided in the EUROMOD country reports.
Country Report Austria 2013-2016

What does EUROMODupdate2 mean?
The EUROMODupdate2 draws on the first update round (2009-2011). Its aim is to further develop and update the EUROMOD microsimulation model. The following updates are part of this round:
  • Policy update 20122017
  • Update to 2010 EU-SILC data (in 2013), to 2012 EU-SILC data (in 2014), to 2014 EU-SILC data (in 2016) and to 2015 EU-SILC data (in 2017)

Analyses carried out in 2016/17
Social (insurance) contributions and monetary social benefits: Austrian vs. non-Austrian citizens: EUROMOD (together with the micro-simulation model SORESI) was used for an analysis of the amount of monetary social benefits received by non-Austrian citizens compared to Austrian citizens and the respective amounts of social (insurance) contributions paid in 2016. The analysis uses EU-SILC 2015 as input data and takes into account all contributions from/benefits to households located in Austria (thus, for example pensions paid abroad are not included). The figures can be downloaded here.

Simulation of an application of the German Hartz-IV reform in Austria: The report presents the fiscal implications together with the distributional effects and the impact on risk of poverty of a similar reform in Austria. Specifically, this would imply: after expiration of unemployment benefit (Arbeitslosengeld), minimum income benefit (Bedarfsorientierte Mindestsicherung) as social assistance type benefit would replace the means-tested insurance benefit unemployment assistance (Notstandshilfe) as follow-up benefit. Three different main scenarios are calculated using the tax-/benefit microsimulation models EUROMOD and SORESI based on latest national EU-SILC data from 2015.

How to access EUROMOD?
EUROMOD is free for academic and not-for-profit use. For information about accessing EUROMOD please see the ISER website.

External head of project: Holly Sutherland, ISER
Project team EC: Michael Fuchs, Katrin Gasior, Katarina Hollan
Financed by: European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities