Past Events

Welfare regimes, birth cohort imbalances and the scarring of the younger generations

International Seminar
2013-06-13

As we focus on post-tax, post-transfer income, which can be influenced by social policy, we show how different countries gave diverging answers to the general economic slowdown of the post 1970 era. While the US and Germany did not obviously burden some birth cohorts more than others, when economic problems started to arise in the 1970s, the burden of adjustment to more difficult conditions fell disproportionately on the shoulders of post-1950 birth cohorts in France, leading to strong inequalities between cohorts.

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Culture or institutions?

International Seminar
2013-05-23

We conducted interviews with over 200 families in Sweden, Norway, the Czech Republic and Slovakia about how they made their caring decisions for their children under 3. The idea was to try and ascertain what possible effects culture and institutions have on caring choices at the micro level.

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Increasing life expectancy and self-stabilizing pension systems

International Seminar
2013-04-30

In this presentation I discuss, how pay-as-you-go pension systems can be designed such that they remain financially stable in the presence of increasing life expectancy. I will particularly focus on the notional defined contribution (NDC) type that has become quite prominent over the recent decades and is used in an increasing number of countries (starting with Sweden). I will contrast the main properties of the NDC system (a “contribution based account system”) with the working of the Austrian APG (a “benefit based account system”).

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Cross-national and intertemporal variations in income inequalities

International Seminar
2013-03-21

The seminar described the development of within country income inequalities in 30 countries between 1980 and 2010.

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Sick on the Job?

International Seminar
2013-02-15

While concerns about the adverse effects of mental ill-health are rising in most OECD countries and recognised as one of today’s biggest challenges for social and labour market policy, problems are far from being understood or yet addressed comprehensively and sufficiently. Rising unemployment in many OECD countries in the course of the recent jobs crisis has potentially increased the problem.

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