Projects for Economy and Finance

  • May 2005 - April 2008

    Adequacy of Old-Age Income Maintenance in the EU (AIM)

    The project’s aim is to develop a new approach and new methods for assessing the performance and adequacy of the pension systems with full respect of the sustainability constraint. The project should provide a strengthened conceptual and scientific basis for assessing the capacity of European pension systems to deliver adequate old age income maintenance in a context of low fertility and steadily increasing life expectancy. The main focus is on the capacity of social security systems to contribute to preventing poverty among the old and elderly and more generally to enable persons to take all appropriate measures to ensure stable or “desired” distribution of income over the full life cycle. In addition it will explore and examine the capacity of pension systems to attain broad social objectives with respect to inter- and intra generational solidarity. Furthermore it will examine the capacity of pension systems to allow workers to change job or to move temporarily out of the labour market and to adapt career patterns without losing vesting of pensions rights. The project will also address the specific challenges with respect to providing appropriate old age income for women.

  • December 2004 - December 2006

    Tax/benefit systems and growth potential of the EU (TAXBEN)

    The ultimate goal of the project is to provide policy options to improve the potential growth of the EU and attainment of a high level of employment, taking into account the challenges from enlargement and the environmental aspirations adopted in the EU. The extensive use of numerical general equilibrium models and econometric estimations will permit the evaluation of the impact of the existing different tax/benefits systems and will yield policy options that can be quantified and adapted to different political constraints.

  • August 2003 - July 2007

    Research Training Network on Health, Ageing and Retirement (REVISER)

    This network aims at training young researchers in the analysis of the links between bio-demographic developments on one side and retirement decisions and social expenditure on the other. With this purpose, trainees are placed in institutes that participate to the AGIR project, which aims to explore existing measures to describe the health status of an ageing population, and to feed these findings into projections of future pension and health expenditure. Trainees are involved in other research and related activities in the field of ageing, health and retirement carried out at the host institute. The project partners are CPB, the Netherlands; DIW, Germany; ETLA, Finland; FEDEA, Spain; LEGOS, France.