Economic and Financial Affairs

Robert Holzmann

Robert Holzmann

Robert Holzmann is Director of the Social Protection & Labour Department in the Human Development Network of the World Bank.

This unit is, inter alia, in charge of conceptual and strategic work in the area of social risk management, covering social insurance (in particular pensions), labour market interventions, and social safety nets. The unit provides intellectual and operational guidance to staff working in the area of pensions in 100 countries.

Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Holzmann was Managing Director of the European Institute and Full Professor for International Economics and European Economy at the University of Saarland, Germany (1992-97). Prior to that, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Vienna, Austria. He was also a visiting professor at universities in Japan, Chile and Austria, and lectured at Harvard University (USA) and Oxford University (UK).

As Principal Administrator at the OECD (1985-87), Mr. Holzmann wrote a comprehensive report on public pension reform in industrialised countries, and as Senior Economist at the IMF (1988-1990), he was heavily involved in fiscal and social security issues during the initial transition from plan to market.

His research on and operational involvement in pension reforms extends to all regions of the world, and he has published 28 books and over 150 articles on social, fiscal and financial policy issues.