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Herwig Immervoll
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Immervoll Herwig Immervoll is Senior Economist and Head of Employment-Oriented Social Policies at the OECD. He has headed research projects on redistribution and inequality trends, minimum-income safety nets and activation policies and has been the lead author of a recent report on social policy responses to the economic crisis in the OECD’s flagship “Society at a Glance” series. He also initiated and co-led World Bank policy analyses in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region on population ageing and pensions, employment support and tax/transfer policies.

Herwig has held staff positions at the World Bank and at the University of Cambridge, where he had a major role in developing EUROMOD, the EU-wide tax-benefit model. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Foundation of International Studies on Social Security (FISS), and a Research Associate/Affiliate at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER, University of Essex), the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna), the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM, Canberra), and a member of the GINI research network.

He has published on social, fiscal and labour-market topics, including articles in Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Inequality, Review of Income and Wealth and International Tax and Public Finance. He has worked extensively on microsimulation methods and their application to policy analysis and evaluation.

Current ongoing work includes trends in income inequality and government redistribution, safety-net benefits and minimum-income protection, rights and responsibilities in social protection systems, gender inequalities, and the implications of the economic crisis for employment and social policies.

Herwig is Austrian and holds a PhD in economics and Masters degrees in economics and in business administration.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2004.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
Title
7190  Olivier Bargain
Mathias Dolls
Herwig Immervoll
Dirk Neumann
Andreas Peichl
Nico Pestel
Sebastian Siegloch
Partisan Tax Policy and Income Inequality in the U.S., 1979-2007
(revised version forthcoming in: Economic Inquiry)
6030  Herwig Immervoll
Linda Richardson
Redistribution Policy and Inequality Reduction in OECD Countries: What Has Changed in Two Decades?
(also available as OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper)
5910  Olivier Bargain
Mathias Dolls
Herwig Immervoll
Dirk Neumann
Andreas Peichl
Nico Pestel
Sebastian Siegloch
Tax Policy and Income Inequality in the U.S., 1978-2009: A Decomposition Approach
(substantially revised version available as IZA DP 7190)
5355  Olivier Bargain
Herwig Immervoll
Heikki Viitamäki
No Claim, No Pain: Measuring the Non-Take-up of Social Assistance Using Register Data
(published in: Journal of Economic Inequality, 2012, 10 (3), 375 - 395)
5220  Olivier Bargain
Herwig Immervoll
Andreas Peichl
Sebastian Siegloch
Distributional Consequences of Labor Demand Adjustments to a Downturn: A Model-Based Approach with Application to Germany 2008-09
(revised version published as 'Distributional consequences of labor-demand shocks: the 2008–2009 recession in Germany' in: International Tax and Public Finance, 2012, 19(1), 118-138.)
4627  Herwig Immervoll
Minimum-Income Benefits in OECD Countries: Policy Design, Effectiveness and Challenges
(published in: D. J. Besharov and K. A. Couch (eds.), Counting the Poor. New Thinking About European Poverty Measures and Lessons for the United States, 2012, Oxford University Press, 171-209. Also available as OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper)
3965  Herwig Immervoll
Henrik Jacobsen Kleven
Claus Thustrup Kreiner
Nicolaj Verdelin
An Evaluation of the Tax-Transfer Treatment of Married Couples in European Countries
(completely different version published as 'Optimal tax and transfer programs for couples with extensive labor supply responses' in: Journal of Public Economics, 2011, 95 (11-12), 1485-1500)
3201  Francesco Figari
Herwig Immervoll
Horacio Levy
Holly Sutherland
Inequalities Within Couples: Market Incomes and the Role of Taxes and Benefits in Europe
(revised version published in: Eastern Economic Journal, 2011, 37, 344-366 )
3004  Olivier Bargain
Herwig Immervoll
Heikki Viitamäki
How Tight Are Safety-Nets in Nordic Countries? Evidence from Finnish Register Data
2555  Herwig Immervoll
Minimum Wages, Minimum Labour Costs and the Tax Treatment of Low-Wage Employment
(corrected and updated version published in OECD (2007), Taxing Wages 2005/2006)
2173  Thai-Thanh Dang
Herwig Immervoll
Daniela Mantovani
Kristian Orsini
Holly Sutherland
An Age Perspective on Economic Well-Being and Social Protection in Nine OECD Countries
(also available as OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper)
2114  Herwig Immervoll
Horacio Levy
José Ricardo Nogueira
Cathal O'Donoghue
Rozane Bezerra de Siqueira
The Impact of Brazil's Tax-Benefit System on Inequality and Poverty
(published in: Klasen, S. and F. Nowak-Lehmann (eds.), Poverty, Inequality, and Policy in Latin America, MIT Press, 2009)
1932  Herwig Immervoll
David Barber
Can Parents Afford to Work? Childcare Costs, Tax-Benefit Policies and Work Incentives
(updated and extended version published in: OECD (2007), Benefits and Wages: OECD Indicators)
1824  Herwig Immervoll
Horacio Levy
Christine Lietz
Daniela Mantovani
Cathal O'Donoghue
Holly Sutherland
Gerlinde Verbist
Household Incomes and Redistribution in the European Union: Quantifying the Equalising Properties of Taxes and Benefits
(published in: Papadimitriou, D.B. (ed.), The Distributional Effects of Government Spending and Taxation, Palgrave MacMillan 2006)
1810  Herwig Immervoll
Henrik Jacobsen Kleven
Claus Thustrup Kreiner
Emmanuel Saez
Welfare Reform in European Countries: A Microsimulation Analysis
(published in: Economic Journal, 2007. 118 (516), 1 - 44)
 
IZA Policy Papers:
No. Author(s)
Title
50 Herwig Immervoll
Reforming the Benefit System to 'Make Work Pay': Options and Priorities in a Weak Labour Market
32 Herwig Immervoll
Ana Llena-Nozal
Social Policies for a Recovery
3 Herwig Immervoll
Mark Pearson
A Good Time for Making Work Pay? Taking Stock of In-Work Benefits and Related Measures across the OECD
(also available as OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper)
 

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