Herwig Immervoll is Senior Economist and Head of Employment-Oriented Social Policies at the OECD. He has headed research projects and policy dialogue on redistribution and inequality trends, minimum-income safety nets and activation policies and has been the lead author of reports on social policy responses to the economic crisis. He has initiated or 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. 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 as a member of 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.

Current ongoing work includes options for adapting social protection to a "future of work", examining the consequences of a Basic Income, trends in income inequality and government redistribution, safety-net benefits and minimum-income protection, rights and responsibilities in social protection systems, gender inequalities, minimum wages, 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.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11583
James Browne, Herwig Immervoll, Rodrigo Fernandez, Dirk Neumann, Daniele Pacifico, Céline Thévenot
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11192
published in a special issue of the Journal of Economic Inequality, honouring the work of Sir Anthony “Tony” Atkinson. DOI 10.1007/s10888-017-9366-6. Also available as OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9954
Rodrigo Fernandez, Herwig Immervoll, Daniele Pacifico, Céline Thévenot
originally published as OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7190
revised version published as 'Tax Policy and Income Inequality in the United States, 1979–2007' in: Economic Inquiry, 2015, 53 (2), 1061-1085
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