Herwig Immervoll is Senior Economist and Head of Employment-Oriented Social Policies at the OECD. He has headed policy dialogue and research projects on social protection and safety nets, redistribution and inequality trends, minimum wages, and on employment support policies. He has initiated or co-led World Bank policy analyses in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region on population ageing and pensions, employment activation and tax/transfer policies. He has also led employment and social policy reviews of countries seeking to join the OECD as part of its Accession process.

Herwig has held earlier 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 a Research Fellow at the the IZA in Bonn and a Research Associate/Affiliate at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER, University of Essex). He also served on the Board of Governors of the Foundation of International Studies on Social Security (FISS), and was a member of the GINI research network.

Herwig has published widely on social, fiscal and labour-market topics in OECD and World Bank reports, as well as in academic journals including 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.

Recent and current ongoing work includes options for adapting social protection to a "future of work", developing tools to support people-centered employment-support policies, examining the consequences of a Universal Basic Income (UBI), and assessing the implications of economic crises for employment and social policies.

Herwig is Austrian and holds a PhD in economics, as well as Masters degrees in economics (development and public finance) and in business administration (IT and personnel management).

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2004.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6030
Herwig Immervoll, Linda Richardson
also available as OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5220
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
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4627
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
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3965
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
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2555
corrected and updated version published in OECD (2007), Taxing Wages 2005/2006
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2173
also available as OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper