Conferences :: Social Protection Policies and Microsimulation
On June 12-13, 2017, Institute of Public Finance held a research workshop Social Protection Policies and Microsimulation, attended by researchers from across the EU and representatives of the Croatian public administration in the field of social protection. Knowledge and experience has been exchanged on the application of state-of-the-art tools and methods in the analysis of taxes and social benefits with an emphasis on economic, social and demographic challenges related to unemployment, poverty, economic inequality and birth rate.

About twenty experts from the EU and Croatia spoke about microsimulation and social protection policies. Holly Sutherland (Director of EUROMOD, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex) spoke of the role of microsimulation models in formulating public policies and the design of social protection instruments. Daria Popova (EUROMOD, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex) presented an overview of modern trends in family and children compensations. Francesco Figari (researcher, University of Insubria) talked about “make work pay” instruments, which are the measures that motivate inactive recipients of social assistance to get involved in the labour market. Predrag Bejaković, researcher at the Institute of Public Finance, presented an analysis of the effectiveness of active policy measures in Croatia.

State Secretary at the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Marin Strmota and State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Pension System, Katarina Ivanković Knežević, presented the measures and policies that are being implemented and planned in the area of social protection. In addition to these invited speeches, a total of 16 research papers were presented at the workshop, which were divided into following thematic groups: (1) family and child support, (2) work incentives and labour supply, (3) tax-benefit reform, and (4) distribution of taxes and benefits.

The workshop was organised by the AMMATSBC research team in collaboration with the Institute for Social and Economic Research (UK) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and with the support of the British Embassy Zagreb.

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