SORESI
Developing a web based tool for policy makers and the broader public in Austria to simulate policy reforms and to analyse their social impact.
Financed by: Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection
 


09/2012 - ongoing

Contact:
Michael Fuchs

What is SORESI?
SORESI is a web application for Austria, based on the microsimulation model EUROMOD. The aim is to develop a web based tool for policy makers and the broader public to simulate policy reforms and to analyse their social impact, namely the effects on the national poverty rate, income inequality indicators and different income groups.

What would you do if you became the minister of finance or social affairs?
… Would you implement a flat-tax model?
… Would you increase family benefits?
… Would you change employer’s social insurance contributions?

SORESI offers the opportunity to play around with such ideas and to see their effects on the national poverty rate, income inequality indicators and different income groups. For an example please view the Policy Brief “Social Reform Microsimulation (SORESI)”.

In 2014, a new web interface was released which includes different output levels (equivalised household incomes, individual incomes and a tool for model households). For 2015, together with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection an analysis on foreign nationals and the Austrian welfare state was carried out: to what extent are foreign nationals net-contributors or net-receivers? In 2016 and 2017, SORESI was updated to 2016 and 2017 policy rules (incl. the tax reform 2015/16 and the child care benefit account for births from March 2017 on) using the latest input data (in 2017: SILC 2015 with incomes for 2014).

If you want to try out SORESI yourself, click here!

Peer Review in Austria: The political adequacy of quantitative impact assessment in the social field using micro-simulation models.
On 4 and 5 December 2014 Michael Fuchs and Katrin Gasior participated in the European Commission Peer Review "The political adequacy of quantitative impact assessment in the social field using micro-simulation models" where they presented the web-model. The background paper (host country paper), the discussion paper by Holy Sutherland as well as the comments prepared by Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands and the stakeholder representative from SOLIDAR can be found here.


Working paper: A PIECE OF THE CAKE? The effects of the tax reform 2015/2016 for Austrian households
Is the aim of the reform - to reduce the tax burden for all employees - achieved? Who profits the most? Katrin Gasior carried out an ex ante evaluation of the Austrian tax reform that is currently discussed by the Ministers. The analysis uses SORESI and shows the effects of the measures on the income distribution and poverty rate. The working paper shows results by income quintiles and for different household types. It furthermore discusses how the Europe 2020 social target group is effected by the reform. The working paper (in German) can be found here.

Head of project EC: Michael Fuchs
Project team EC: Michael Fuchs, Katrin Gasior, Katarina Hollan
External project collaborators: BRZ
Financed by: Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection