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Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, congratulates EUROMOD on its 20th anniversary.

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EUROMOD celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special conference on September 5 and 6 at the Essex Business School at the University of Essex.

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The conference marked achievements so far and looked forward to future developments, with plenary sessions, poster sessions, discussions and keynote presentations. Around 120 delegates, from 31 countries, attended the event, including Barbara Kauffman, Director of Employment and Social Governance, DG-EMPL of the European Commission.

Welcoming delegates, Professor Holly Sutherland, Director of EUROMOD, thanked the contribution of many academics, including Professor Sir Anthony Atkinson, in creating the model which has evolved and developed over 20 years and has been used as a basis for creating similar models for many other countries. Thought-provoking keynotes were delivered by Olivier Bargain (Aix-Marseille Université and Institut Universitaire de France), Herwig Immervoll (OECD, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs) and Andreas Peichl (ZEW and Universität Mannheim).

A well-received message of congratulations from Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, was relayed by a video file.

Date: 5-6 September 2016

Venue: Essex Business School, University of Essex

Image credit: Copyright Anthony Cullen

Scientific organising committee: Holly Sutherland, Francesco Figari, Chrysa Leventi, H. Xavier Jara and Iva Valentinova Tasseva (ISER, University of Essex)

Welcome

Heather Laurie (Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Essex)

Keynotes

EUROMOD: present past and future - Holly Sutherland (ISER, University of Essex)

Welfare analysis and microsimulation - Olivier Bargain (Aix-Marseille School of Economics)

A basic income in EU countries: Far from it? - Herwig Immervoll (OECD)

(An OECD policy note based on this keynote will appear later in the year at www.oecd.org/social/soc/. In the meantime, please contact us via euromod@essex.ac.uk if you would like to know more).

Using EUROMOD (MICROsimulation) for MACRO topics - Andreas Peichl (ZEW, University of Mannheim)

Presentations

Putting subjective well-being to use for ex-ante policy evaluation - H. Xavier Jara (ISER, University of Essex) and Erik Schokkaert (KU Leuven)

EUROMOD at 20: Versatile enough to evaluate a tax shift - Bart Capéau, André Decoster, Tom Strengs and Toon Vanheukelom (KU Leuven)

The impact of social and fiscal policies: Addressing extreme poverty in Greece (2013-2015) - Chrysa Leventi (ISER, University of Essex) and Manos Matsaganis (Politecnico di Milano)

Convergence of minimum income schemes in 8 European countries - Chrysa Leventi, Mattia Makovec, Olga Rastrigina and Holly Sutherland (ISER, University of Essex)

Social stratification and vulnerability to poverty among women with children in the European welfare regimes: a stress-testing exercise - Jekaterina Navicke (Vilnius University) and Daria Popova (ISER, University of Essex)

Tackling inequality: the distributional impact of implementing Atkinson's alternative tax/benefit reform packages and the Living Wage in the UK - Chrysa Leventi (ISER, University of Essex), Brian Nolan (INET, University of Oxford), Holly Sutherland (ISER, University of Essex) and Iva Valentinova Tasseva (ISER, University of Essex)

Europe through the crisis: decomposing changes in the household income distribution in 2007-11 - Alari Paulus and Iva Valentinova Tasseva (ISER, University of Essex)

Panel

Developments to EUROMOD to meet the future needs of research and policy - Chair: Mike Brewer (ISER, University of Essex); Panellists: Barbara Kauffmann (DG-EMPL of the European Commission), Horacio Levy (Social Policy Division, OECD), Manos Matsaganis (Politecnico di Milano), Gerlinde Verbist (Centrum voor Sociaal Beleid Herman Deleeck, University of Antwerp) and Gemma Wright (Southern African Social Policy Research Institute)

Posters

1. The missing link between financial incentives to work and employment in Belgium - Diego Collado (Centrum voor Sociaal Beleid Herman Deleeck, University of Antwerp)

2. An Unemployment Insurance Scheme for the Euro Area? - Mathias Dolls (ZEW), Clemens Fuest (Ifo University of Munich), Dirk Neumann (OECD) and Andreas Peichl (ZEW, University of Mannheim)

3. The taxed away burden in the Spanish tax and benefit system - Javier Abellan, Adrian Hernandez, Maria del Valle Navas, Maria Milagros Paniagua, Maria Teresa Perez and Tamara Perez (Instituto de Estudios Fiscales)

4. The distributive effects of childcare services - Tine Hufkens, Gerlinde Verbist and Dieter Vandelannoote (Centrum voor Sociaal Beleid Herman Deleeck, University of Antwerp) and Francesco Figari (ISER, University of Essex and University of Insubria)

5. Improving the incorporation of wealth data in policy modelling. Converting the Eurosystem Household Finance and Consumption Survey for microsimulation purposes - Sarah Kuypers, Gerlinde Verbist (Centrum voor Sociaal Beleid Herman Deleeck, University of Antwerp) and Francesco Figari (University of Insubria and ISER, University of Essex)

6. Marginal Cost of Public Funds: from the theory to the empirical application for the evaluation of the efficiency of the tax-benefit system - Francesco Figari (ISER, University of Essex and University of Insubria) and Emanuela Lezzi (University of Insubria)

7. The Effects of Reform Scenarios for Unemployment Benefits and Social Assistance on Work Incentives and Poverty in Lithuania - Jekaterina Navicke (Vilnius University), Silvia Avram (ISER, University of Essex) and Lilas Demmou (OECD)

8. GHAMOD – tax-benefit microsimulation for Ghana - Kwabena Adu-Ababio, Robert Osei (ISSER, University of Ghana, Accra) and Jukka Pirttilä (University of Tampere)

9. Reducing child poverty in Serbia: Benefit or Employment strategy? - Jelena Žarković Rakić, Saša Ranđelović, Aleksandra Anić (University of Belgrade and Foundation for the Advancement of Economics) and Marko Vladisavljević (Institute of Economic Sciences)

10. Nowcasting at-risk-of-poverty (AROP) – What’s new? - Olga Rastrigina, Chrysa Leventi, Sanja Vujackov, Holly Sutherland and Katrin Gasior (ISER, University of Essex)

11. Improving poverty reduction in Europe: what works best where? - Chrysa Leventi, Holly Sutherland and Iva Valentinova Tasseva (ISER, University of Essex)

12. Shifting Tax Burden from Labour to Property: the case of Latvia - Anna Zasova and Anna Pļuta (Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies - BICEPS)

13. Proposed Scottish Government Council Tax reform: who loses most? - Anouk Berthier, Nicola Hudson and Richard Marsh (Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), The Scottish Parliament)

14. Evaluating the distributive impact of VAT reforms in Spain - Olga Cantó (Universidad de Alcalá) and Paola De Agostini (ISER, University of Essex)

15. Individual Welfare Metrics with Random Terms - Bart Capéau and André Decoster (KU Leuven)

16. Net Replacement Rates to Unemployment in the EU28: The Advantage of Using Microdata Compared to Hypothetical Families - H. Xavier Jara (ISER, University of Essex) and Francesco Figari (ISER, University of Essex and University of Insubria)

17. Implementing a UK longitudinal survey in EUROMOD - Ricky Kanabar, Paul Fisher, Nicole Martin and Nick Buck (ISER, University of Essex)

18. Flash estimates of EU-SILC indicators on poverty and income inequalities - Aura Leulescu, Cristina Lopez-Vilaplana and Daniel Koch (Eurostat)

19. Celebrating ten years of development and use of a South African tax-benefit microsimulation model - SAMOD - and looking towards the next decade - Helen Barnes, David McLennan, Michael Noble and Gemma Wright (Southern African Social Policy Research Insights) and Michell Mpike (Southern African Social Policy Research Institute NPC)

20. Do workers need a universal in-work benefit when facing unemployment? - Javier Abellan, Adrian Hernandez, Maria del Valle Navas, Maria Milagros Paniagua, Maria Teresa Perez and Tamara Perez (Instituto de Estudios Fiscales)

21. Accounting for gender differences in the effects of tax and benefit policy changes: what can be done? - Silvia Avram, Daria Popova and Olga Rastrigina (ISER, University of Essex)

22. Fiscal Policy analysis in the European Semester: using EUROMOD - Marie-Luise Schmitz (Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

23. Work Incentives in Europe - Cortnie Shupe and Charlotte Bartels (DIW Berlin)

24. Improving the Validity of Microsimulation Results - Zuzana Siebertova, Norbert Svarda and Jana Valachyova (Council for Budget Responsibility, Bratislava, Slovakia)

25. The effect of occupational changes on the Marginal Cost of Public Funds: a decomposition analysis - Francesco Figari (University of Insubria and ISER, University of Essex), Andrea Salvatori (ISER, University of Essex) and Iva Valentinova Tasseva (ISER, University of Essex)

26. Shifting the tax burden from labor to property: The case of Germany - Markus Tiefenbacher and Jörg Paetzold (University of Salzburg)

27. Homeownership taxation after the Great Recession onset in Europe: do property taxes compensate for income tax exemptions? - Francesco Figari (ISER, University of Essex and University of Insubria), Gerlinde Verbist (Centrum voor Sociaal Beleid Herman Deleeck, University of Antwerp) and Francesca Zantomio (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

28. The impacts of the Renzi government’s economic policies on income distribution - Martina Bazzoli, Silvia De Poli (IRVAPP (Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies) and Carlo V. Fiorio (IRVAPP and University of Milan)

29. The effect of tax-benefit policy changes on the income distribution in Bulgaria in 2011-2015: an analysis using the tax-benefit model EUROMOD - Ekaterina Tosheva, Venelin Boshnakov (University of National and World Economy), Iva Tasseva (ISER, University of Essex) and Dragomir Draganov (The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at BAS)

30. Implementation of a Negative Income Tax. Estimation of net cost and poverty and inequality effects - Amadeo Fuenmayor and Rafael Granell (Universidad de Valencia)

31. Modelling Implicit Equivalence Scales from tax-benefit systems in Germany, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom - Paola De Agostini (ISER, University of Essex), Patricia Gallego-Granados (DIW), Michał Kundera and Michał Myck (CenEA)

32. Making the switch from joint to individual taxation in Luxembourg. An analysis of the female labour supply response - Nizamul Islam, Karina Doorley (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research) and Lennart Flood (University of Gothenburg)

33. The role of an EMU unemployment insurance scheme on income protection in case of unemployment - H. Xavier Jara, Holly Sutherland and Alberto Tumino (ISER, University of Essex)

35. Evaluating the effects of the last fiscal reform on tax revenues in Spain - Agustín Molina-Parra (Pablo de Olavide University and University of Almeria) and Diego Martínez-López (Pablo de Olavide University)

36. Social Welfare Effects of Progressive Income Taxation under Varying Inequality: Evidence from Serbia - Saša Ranđelović (University of Belgrade) and Marko Vladisavljević (Institute of Economic Sciences)

To commemorate EUROMOD's 20th anniversary, we have produced a special publication reflecting on the keynote speeches and presentations from the conference held at the University of Essex in September, alongside key milestones in EUROMOD's history.

20th anniversary brochure