Euromod: European Tax-Benefit Model

1999 - ongoing

Contact: Orsolya Lelkes

EUROMOD is a multi-country Europe-wide tax-benefit model. This network, coordinated by the Microsimulation Unit at the University of Essex, includes 18 institutions from the 15 EU Member countries.

EUROMOD provides estimates of the distributional impact of changes to personal tax and transfer policy on either national or European Level. Thus EUROMOD is of value both in assessing the consequences of consolidated social policies and in understanding how different policies in different countries may contribute to common objectives. It is of as much significance in evaluating national policies within a European perspective, as in evaluating policies at the level of the European Union.

The European Centre has participated in various EUROMOD related projects:

The initial model construction project covered all (pre 2004) 15 Member States of the European Union.

The MICRESA project ("Micro-level analysis of the European Social Agenda") explored the impact of national, social and fiscal policies, and reforms of these policies, on poverty reduction in the original 15 Member States.

The I-CUE project (Improving the Capacity and Usability of EUROMOD) expanded and enhanced EUROMOD to enable the incorporation of the 10 new Member States. The key results of the project are published in a book titled "Tax and Benefit Policies in the Enlarged Europe: Assessing the Impact with Microsimulation Models", which is also one of the first systematic collections of studies based on the European tax-benefit microsimulation model, and thus a synthesis of the scientific work of researchers from more than a dozen of countries for over a decade.

Within the EUROMOD Update project, the Centre’s team was responsible for the enlargement of the model to the New Member States of the EU. In EUROMOD Update 2, 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.

For more information please follow the links to the projects.