Social welfare policies

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01 July 2004

Among the working-age population, one of the most damaging individual experiences is unemployment. Many previous studies have confirmed the devastating effects of unemployment on individual well-being, both pecuniary and non-pecuniary. Using the data from the European Community Household Panel survey, this paper examines the factors that affect unemployed workers’ well-being with respect to their situations in their main vocational activity, income, housing, leisure time and health in Europe.

01 July 2004

If the hypothesis that people live longer and in better health is true, it could be expected that the changes in the health of the elderly have important consequences for the further demand for health services, the need for long-term care and also for the development of health expenditures. But other trends could also be essential to determining the extent and structure of the demand for health care and health expenditures. In the case of long-term care, there are other important effects that concern the structure of health care and institutional settings.

01 May 2004

The portability of pension rights across EU member states remains subject to a number of administrative, social and financial barriers. Incompatibility of pension schemes is a major headache for human resource managers throughout Europe and affects the mobility of the labour force. With financial support from the European Commission, CEPS organised an exploratory workshop in 2003 to stimulate discussion among experts, formulate proposals for legislative action and establish a research agenda to influence progress on this important issue.

01 April 2004

Among the big issues facing the EU is the declining working-age population and the effect this decline will have on our economies, businesses and social welfare systems. One way to address this issue is to promote labour mobility throughout the EU. The CEPS-ECHR (European Club for Human Resources) Task Force – chaired by Allan Larsson, former Director-General of DG Employment and Social Affairs – presents its recommendations for a more flexible and secure labour market in this report.

01 April 2004

This paper presents a discussion of some general conceptual and empirical issues of increasing importance for the analysis of the consequences of ageing: the potential trade-off between ensuring informal health care for the elderly and at the same time achieving an increase in the employment participation ratio for women. It first provides an overview of some general issues in health economics and then turns to some theoretical and empirical investigations of these issues.

01 December 2003

Ageing affects individuals and nations everywhere. But a precise definition of what ageing is cannot be provided easily with regard to health aspects, social conventions and lifestyles that are intertwined with the ageing process. As a first step, the ENEPRI AGIR project has attempted to describe this process in EU countries by observing as many dimensions as possible related to it. This summarises and compares the demographic experience of ten EU countries since the mid-20th century on the basis of the detailed data gathered within the project.

01 April 2003

Incompatibility of pension schemes in the different EU member states is major headache for human resource managers across Europe. The lack of pension portability is a source of additional costs for European enterprises, and mobile employees face a bewildering web of pension rights. Removing obstacles to pension portability within the EU should not only reduce these costs, but support labour mobility and increase revenues from occupational pension schemes through greater competition. Ultimately, it fosters the possibility of a pan-European pension fund for all staff members.

01 September 2001

Focusing on the process of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, this report looks at health as an issue of enlargement from an economic perspective. The report argues that health is of strategic importance for the success of enlargement and is directly relevant to the future economic development of the candidate countries and to the social and financial sustainability of that development.

Before joining CEPS in February 2014, Brian worked as a data analyst at the Central European Labour Studies Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he  focused on application of web data in labour markets research.  Additionally, he has been a recurring visiting fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS), researcher at the Slovak Governance Institute (SGI) in Bratislava, Slovakia and lecturer at the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) in Budapest, Hungary.

Gabriele Marconi was born and raised in Valpolicella, Italy. He studied at the University of Trento, where he was awarded cum laude a Bachelor degree in Economics and a Master degree in Economic Decisions, Firms and Social Responsibility. In Trento, Gabriele also worked as a research assistant at the Computational and Experimental Economics Laboratory. In September 2010, he started his PhD at the Graduate School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University.

Inequality has become one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time. Yet, policymakers remain reluctant to confront it head on. We therefore decided to make it the topic of our 5th InGRID winter school, to create a bridge between the state-of-the-art literature and political perceptions of this issue.


In cooperation with Intereconomics and ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Launch of a World Bank Report.

Bulgaria is undergoing a profound socio-economic transformation brought about by extraordinary demographic change.  It is heading for the steepest decline in working-age population in the world. By 2050, one in three Bulgarians is projected to be older than 65 and only one in two Bulgarians will be of working age. As more and more workers exit the workforce and fewer Bulgarians replace them, the need to implement broad-based reforms today, in order to help the country avert potential challenges tomorrow, continues to intensify.