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. 1932
Herwig Immervoll, David Barber
updated and extended version published in: OECD (2007), Benefits and Wages: OECD Indicators
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1824
published in: Papadimitriou, D.B. (ed.), The Distributional Effects of Government Spending and Taxation, Palgrave MacMillan 2006
IZA Policy Paper No. 3
Herwig Immervoll, Mark Pearson
also available as OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper