2011 IARIW-OECD Conference on Economic Insecurity: Measurement, Causes, and Policy Implications November 22-23, 2011

Final Programme as of November 29th, 2011

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    • 08:30 — Opening Remarks

Gabriela Ramos (Chief of Staff, OECD)

    • 08:45 — Invited Opening Address

Chair: Peter van de Ven (Chair, IARIW)

      • Anthony Atkinson (Nuffield College, Oxford) “Inequality and the Economic Crisis” [


    • 09:30 — Session 1: Measuring Insecurity and Vulnerability

Chair: Martine Durand (OECD)

1. Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University, Canada) and Andrew Sharpe (Centre for the Study of Living Standards, Canada), “Measuring Economic Insecurity in Rich and Poor Nations.” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Marco Mira d’Ercole (OECD)

2. Conchita D’Ambrosio (Universita di Milano-Bicocca, Italy) and Walter Bossert (University of Montreal, Canada), “Measuring Economic Insecurity.” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Nicolas Ruiz (OECD)

3. Adolfo Morrone (ISTAT, Italy) Kate Scrivens (OECD), Conal Smith (OECD) and Carlotta Balestra (OECD) “Measuring Vulnerability and Resilience in OECD Countries.“[Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University, Canada)


  • 11:00 — Break
  • 11:30 — Session 2: Measuring Insecurity and Vulnerability (2)


Chair: Marco Mira d’Ercole (OECD)

1. Brian Bucks (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, United States), “Economic Vulnerability in the United States: Measurement and Trends.” [Abstract]

Discussant: Nicholas Rohde (Griffith University, Australia) [Comments]

2. Martina Celidoni (University of Padova, Italy), “Decomposing the Foster-Greer-Thorbecke Index of Vulnerability to Poverty.” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Gabriella Berloffa (University of Trento, Italy)

3. Austin Nichols (The Urban Institute, United States) and Philipp Rehm (Ohio State University, United States), “Trends in Income Inequality, Volatility, and Mobility Risk in 30 Countries.”

Discussant: Nicolas Ruiz (OECD)


  • 13:00 — Lunch
  • 14:00 — Invited Speaker Session


Chair: Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University, Canada)

      • Jacob Hacker (Yale University, United States) “After the Fall: Income Risk and the Welfare State in Rich Democracies” [


    • 14:45 — Session 3: Economic Vulnerability: Evidence from Selected OECD Countries

Chair: Marco Mira d’Ercole (OECD)

1. Jorge R. Friedman (Universidad de Santiago de Chile), Carlos F. Yevenes (Universidad de Santiago de Chile) and Javier Espinoza (Universidad de Santiago de Chile), “Estimating the Impact of Economic Insecurity over Expectations in Chile and Mexico: a Multinomial Logit Approach.” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Ingrid Woolard (University of Cape Town, South Africa) [Comments]

2. Nicholas Rohde (Griffith University, Australia), Kam Ki Tang (University of Queensland, Australia) and D.S. Prasada Rao (University of Queensland, Australia), “Distributional Characteristics of Income Insecurity in the United States, Germany and Britain.” [Abstract] [Presentaiton]

Discussant: Andrew Sharpe (IARIW and Center for the Study of Living Standards, Canada) [Comments]



Chair: Martine Durand (OECD)

Invited Participants:

Pier Carlo Padoan (OECD Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist)

John Evans (Secretary General of the Trade Union Advisory Board to the OECD)

Martin Hirsch (President of French Civic Service Agency)


  • 17:45 — Close of Day 1
  • 19:00 — Dinner




    • 08:30 — Invited Speaker Session

Chair: Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University, Canada)

      • Avner Offer (Oxford University, United Kingdom) “Obesity and Welfare Regimes” [


    • 09:15 — Session 4: Economic Insecurity in Eastern European Countries

Chair: Andrew Sharpe (IARIW)

1. Irina Soboleva (Institute of Economy, Russian Academy of Sciences), “Work-Related Security in the Post-Soviet Russia: Indicators, Trends and Factors.” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: William Tompson (OECD)

2. Artjoms Ivlevs (University of the West of England, United Kingdom), “Economic Insecurity in Transition: Evidence from a Recent Survey.” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Romina Boarini (OECD)

3. Maria Piotrowska (Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland), “Financial Security of Middle Class Families in Poland Over 2006-2009. ” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Tomasz Kozluk (OECD)


  • 10:45 — Break
  • 11:15 — Session 5: Job and Earnings Insecurity


Chair: Andrew Sharpe (IARIW)

1. Gabriella Berloffa (University of Trento, Italy) and Francesca Modena (University of Trento, Italy) “Measuring (In)Security in the Event of Unemployment: Are We Forgetting Someone?” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Martina Celidoni (University of Padova, Italy)

2. Denisa Maria Sologon (CEPS/INSTEAD, Luxembourg) and Cathal O’Donoghue (Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc, Ireland), “Shaping Earnings Volatility: Labour Market Policy and Institutional Factors.” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Rudiger Ahrend (OECD) [Comments]

3. Carlos M. Gradín (Universidade de Vigo, Spain), Olga Cantó (Instituto de Estudios Fiscales and Universidade de Vigo, Spain) and Coral del Río (Universidade de Vigo, Spain), “Measuring Employment Deprivation among Households in the EU.” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Conchita D’Ambrosio (Universita di Milano-Bicocca, Italy)


  • 12:45 — Lunch
  • 13:45 — Invited Speaker Session


Chair: Conchita D’Ambrosio (Universita di Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

      • Cesar Calvo (Universidad de Piura, Peru and Oxford University, United Kingdom) “From Individual Vulnerability to Aggregate Vulnerability” [


    • 14:45 — Session 6: Policies to Protect against Insecurity

Chair: Romina Boarini (OECD)

1. Marina Fernandez Salgado (University of Essex), Francesco Figari (ISER, University of Essex, UK and University of Insubria) and Holly Sutherland (ISER, University of Essex, UK) “Welfare Compensation for Unemployment in the Great Recession” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Conal Smith (OECD)

2. Silvia Avram (European University Institute), “Public Minimum Income Support Schemes and Processes of Asset Accumulation in Central and Eastern Europe.” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Pierre Courtioux (EDHEC Business School, France)

3. Francesca Modena (University of Trento, Italy), Concetta Rondinelli (Bank of Italy), and Fabio Sabatini (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), “Economic Insecurity and Fertility Plannings: The Case of Italy.” [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Anna d’Addio (OECD)



Chair: Romina Boarini (OECD)

    • Invited Participants:

Aart de Geus (Board Member of the Bertelsmann Foundation)

Monika Queisser (Head of the Social Policy Division, OECD Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs)

Jérôme Vignon (President of the French National Observatory on Poverty and Social Exclusion)

    • 17:50 — Closing Remarks

Peter van de Ven (IARIW)


  • 18:00 — Close of Day 2