IZA/BMAS Workshop: Crisis Resilience: The Role of Minimum Income Support and Upstream Systems
January 17, 2023

IZA/BMAS Workshop: Crisis Resilience: The Role of Minimum Income Support and Upstream Systems

January 17, 2023
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The event will be held in English and will not be translated.

Tuesday, January 17

09:30 - 09:50

Welcome and Introduction
Rolf Schmachtenberg (State Secretary at BMAS)

09:50 - 10:15

Presentation of the IZA/ifo Study
Werner Eichhorst (Coordinator of Labor Market and Social Policy in Europe, IZA)
Annabelle Krause-Pilatus (Senior Research Associate, IZA)
Max Lay (Specialist, ifo Center for Macroeconomics and Surveys)

10:15 - 10:30

Q & A

10:30 - 11:45

The Role of Upstream Systems: Unemployment Insurance and Short-Time Work-Design Issues: Coverage, Access, Generosity, Duration


  • How to Design a Resilient System of Different Tiers of Employment and Income Protection While Allowing for Adjustment and Mobility?

  • How to Ensure an Appropriate Coverage of Groups Often Excluded, in Particular in UI?

Pierre Cahuc (Professor of Economics, Sciences Po, Paris, France)
Jon Kvist (Professor of European Public Policies, Roskilde School of Governance, Roskilde University, Denmark)
Paul Schoukens (Professor of Social Security Law-Comparative, International, and European - at the KU Leuven, Belgium)
Slavina Spasova (Senior Researcher, European Social Observatory and Associate Researcher at CEVIPOL, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Discussion moderated by:
Werner Eichhorst (Coordinator of Labor Market and Social Policy in Europe, IZA)

11:45 - 11:50

Short Break

11:50 - 13:00

Income Protection via Minimum Income Support: Benefit Adequacy, Coverage, Take-Up


  • How to Ensure Benefit Adequacy (Effectively Avoiding Poverty)?

  • How to Overcome Gaps in Coverage/Categorial Distinctions?

  • How to Enable Effective Take-Up?

Marcello Natili (Research Fellow, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan, Italy)
Herwig Immervoll (Head of Employment-Oriented Social Policies, OECD)
Kenneth Nelson (Professor of Sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm)
Karina Doorley (Senior Research Officer and Research Area Coordinator for the Tax, Welfare and Pensions, ESRI, Dublin, Ireland)

Discussion moderated by:
Mathias Dolls (Deputy Director of ifo Institute Center for Macroeconomics and Surveys)

13:00 - 13:45

Lunch Break

13:45 - 15:00

The Activation Side of Minimum Income Support: Active Labor Market Policies, In-Work Benefits, Governance


  • What Role for Work Incentives?

  • How to Deliver Appropriate Activation and Targeted Support?

  • How to Best Manage (and Fund) Decentralized Implementation?

Ive Marx (Professor and Director of the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Minna van Gerven (Professor of Social Policy, Tampere University, Finland)
Manuel Aguilar Hendrickson (Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Services, University of Barcelona, Spain)

Discussion moderated by:
Paul Marx (Professor of Socio-Economics and Political Economy at University of Duisburg-Essen)

15:00 - 15:05

Short Break

15:05 - 16:20

The Contribution of the EU


  • How Can the EU Help Promote Crisis Resilience, Benefit Adequacy and Active Inclusion?

  • What Is the Role of European Pillar of Social Rights and the Proposed Recommendation on Minimum Income Support?

Rolf Schmachtenberg (State Secretary at BMAS)
Katarina Ivanković-Knežević (Director, DG Employment, European Commission)
Anne van Lancker (Social Policy Consultant)

Discussion moderated by:
Bart Vanhercke (Director, European Social Observatory)


Closure of the Workshop


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