Current Projects

The European Centre is constantly implementing a range of up to 20 national and international research projects in the fields of Work & Welfare and Health & Care. Comparative and applied research aims at increasing the evidence and the knowledge-base to design policies responding to societal challenges such as population ageing, poverty, social inclusion and inequalities, innovative employment and long-term care policies, labour migration and digitalisation.

 

Posting of workers in Eastern Europe

2018-01-01 - 2019-12-31

The two-year project aims to proactively address the issue of posting of workers at its pre-accession stage by assisting Eastern European countries, especially the four candidate countries Albania, FYROM, Montenegro, and Serbia, in implementing the Directive already before it gets into force, and by assisting in the prevention of social dumping, i.e. the use of cheap labour, to minimise associated risks for workers. It aims to do so through research, peer reviews and workshops involving stakeholders from the candidate countries and 4 EU member states, namely Austria, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia.

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Assessing the motivation, expectations and preferences of medical residents

2018-01-01 - 2018-06-30

The European Centre will carry out a survey and focus groups amongst residents in general medicine and pediatrics to assess their motivation, expectations and preferences to work in primary care in the Vienna region in Austria.

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Simulations of planned government reforms with EUROMOD/SORESI

2017-12-21 - 2018-05-31

This project, financed by the Vienna Chamber of Labour, aims at analyzing the budgetary and distributional outcomes of planned tax-/benefit reforms of the new Austrian government. With our expertise in microsimulation modelling, using the Austrian EUROMOD module and the SORESI model, we seek to provide an in-depth analysis of the envisaged reforms in terms of income distribution both at the household (incl. at at-risk-of poverty rates) and individual level.

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Thematic network employment

2017-11-28 - 2019-07-31

Transnational cooperation in the European Social Fund (ESF) should help to develop better and more effective employment and social policies and to improve the delivery of reforms, essentially by enabling people to learn from experiences and good practice in other countries.

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Reviewing methods for the economic evaluation of eHealth

2017-11-15 - 2018-06-15

eHealth has the potential to transform current care pathways and provide new and innovative solutions to patient care. However, it is difficult for decision makers to decide which eHealth innovations provide ‘good value for money’, and conventional methods for the economic evaluation of healthcare technologies may fall short of capturing the full extend of potential impact of eHealth on patients and health and care systems respectively. Researchers at the European Centre will review current methods for the economic evaluation of eHealth, identify methodological challenges, as well as potential solutions. In addition, we will review use cases of eHealth applications across Europe, with a particular view on related decision-making processes.

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