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17/03/2005 : Indicators and policies to make work pay

Workshop organised by the European Commission DG Economic and Financial Affairs, Centre Borschette, 36 rue du Froissart, 1040 Brussels, Room 4C

17 March 2005

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Programme: enpdf(152 kB) (pdf file 130 kb)
The workshop aimed at

  • providing a forum for recent economic research in this area and a forum for discussion between academic researchers, experts and policy makers;
  • disseminating knowledge on recently established indicators on work incentives;
  • feeding into the discussion of the scope for making work pay policies through reforms of tax and benefit systems and their role for boosting employment.


Session 1. Indicators of financial incentives to work

  • A joint OECD-EC project to calculate the tax burden on labour and incentives to work. Slides enpdf(202 kB) (pdf file 200 kb) Paper enpdf(258 kB) (pdf file 90 kb)
    Christopher Heady, OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration
  • Main results of the Joint OECD-EC project: Indicators of unemployment, inactivity and low-wage traps. Slides enpdf(616 kB) (pdf file 600 kb) Paper enpdf(2 MB) (pdf file 1440 kb)
    Giuseppe Carone, Aino Salomaki, Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
  • EUROMOD: an integrated European tax-benefit model and indicators of work incentives. Paper enpdf(415 kB) (pdf file 405 kb) Slides enpdf(215 kB) (pdf file 210 kb)
    Holly Sutherland, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, and Herwig Immervoll ,University of Cambridge, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, OECD, IZA
  • Discussion: Indicators of financial incentives to work. Slides enpdf(213 kB) (pdf file 210 kb)
    Mario Centeno, Bank of Portugal


Session 2. Labour supply and policies to make work pay

  • In-work benefits and labour supply. Paper enpdf(436 kB) (pdf file 430 kb) Slides enpdf(209 kB) (pdf file 210 kb)
    Mike Brewer and Andrew Shephard, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Unemployment Traps – Marginal groups in the Danish labour market. Paper enpdf(464 kB) (pdf file 450 kb)
    Peder J. Pedersen, Department of Economics, University of Aarhus
  • Discussion: From work to welfare and back. Slides enpdf(104 kB) (pdf file 100 kb)
    Tito Boeri, Bocconi University, Milan


Session 3. Eligibility criteria, enforcement and labour market regimes

  • Improving incentives in unemployment insurance: A review of recent research. Slides enpdf(225 kB) (pdf file 220 kb) Paper enpdf(125 kB) (pdf file 115 kb)
    Peter Fredriksson and Bertil Holmlund, Department of Economics, Uppsala University
  • Changes in benefit entitlement and job finding, the Slovenian experiment. Paper enpdf(275 kB) (pdf file 270 kb) Slides enpdf(229 kB) (pdf file 270 kb)
    Jan C. van Ours, Tilburg University, Milan Vodopivec (World Bank)<
  • Availability criteria and other labour market institutions in shaping policy regimes and explaining labour market performance in Europe in the 1990s.Slides enpdf(3 MB) (pdf file 1090 kb) Paper enpdf(458 kB) (pdf file 450 kb)
    Anne Katrine Bagge Thorball, Danish Ministry of Finance
  • Discussion: Eligibility criteria, enforcement and labour market regimes. Slides enpdf(133 kB) (pdf file 130 kb) Paper enpdf(93 kB) (pdf file 90 kb)
    Bruno Van der Linden, Université catholique de Louvain, Department of Economics


Session 4. How to make public policies supportive to employment in practice? Lessons from national labour market reforms.

  • Indicators and policies to make work pay enpdf(111 kB) (pdf file 100 kb) Paper enpdf(140 kB) (pdf file 90 kb)
    Paolo Sestito, Economic Adviser, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Italy
  • How to make public policies supportive to employment in practice? - Lessons from Germany enpdf(257 kB) (pdf file 210 kb) Paper enpdf(198 kB) (pdf file 90 kb)
    Friederike Hesse, Federal Ministry for Economy and Work
  • How to make public policies supportive to employment: Lessons from the Czech Republic enpdf(126 kB) (pdf file 210 kb) Paper enpdf(232 kB) (pdf file 90 kb)
    Kamil Galuscak, Czech National Bank
  • Indicators and policies to make work pay: Co-ordination of policies and progress of reforms enpdf(281 kB) (pdf file 600 kb)
    Aino Salomaki, Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission

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