What is it about?

Key Publications

New Publication: The case of migrant care workers in Austria
Andrea E. Schmidt, Juliane Winkelmann, Ricardo Rodrigues and Kai Leichsenring published an article on 'Lessons for regulating informal markets and implications for quality assurance' in the renowned journal 'Ageing & Society' (impact factor: 1.323). The article shows that, in spite of unique efforts in Austria concerning legal arrangements for live-in migrant carers, the sector remains a ‘grey’ area within modern labour markets and a challenging area for quality assurance. For further information click here.
Article on public employment policies in European Journal of Political Economy
Pieter Vanhuysse published an article in the European Journal of Political Economy (5-year impact factor 1.3) with Prof Markus Tepe (University of Oldenburg) on the political economy of public sector employment in highbrow culture across the German states.
Article on social justice perceptions in Social Justice Research
Pieter Vanhuysse published an article in Social Justice Research (5-year impact factor 1.7) with Prof Clara Sabbagh (University of Haifa) on global and local social justice perceptions of Israeli citizens.
EU Peer Review on Financing Long-term Care
Ricardo Rodrigues carried out a peer review on the theme ‘ Long-term care – the problem of sustainable financing’, as part of the EU Peer Review process. The discussion paper is available now and focuses on the challenges faced by the peer-reviewed country Slovenia, available options for financing long-term care (tax-based, social insurance, buffer funds, inheritance taxes, co-payments) and their advantages and disadvantages. The discussion paper also includes examples from a number of countries and it is intended as an input for the process of reform of the Slovenian long-term care system. More information as well as the discussion paper can be found here.
The Breadth of Health Economics in Austria
The economics of health and long-term care comprises a large number of highly relevant topics which support evidence-based decision-making for public policy-makers. In November, the newly founded Austrian Health Economics Association (ATHEA) organized its first international conference on Health Economics in Vienna, to which Stefania Ilinca and Andrea Schmidt contributed two original research papers from the field of long-term care economics. These included a paper analysing the determinants of informal caregiving among older people in Europe (based on the project MOPACT) and a paper analysing the use of long-term care services in Vienna (based on the project Demand for LTC and Supply-Mix). The European Centre is an ATHEA member and contributes with its expertise especially to the field of long-term care economics. Further information will be provided in early 2015.

Web Interface

SORESI – New Web Interface Online!
SORESI is a web application that mirrors the Austrian tax and social benefit system. The application offers a unique chance to explore the effects of reform measures on distribution of income, risk of poverty and fiscal impacts. Users can play around with social contributions, income tax and social benefits in cash. Put yourself in the Minister's shoes and see how your reform ideas would affect the Austrian population: http://soresi.sozialministerium.at
For more information please contact: Katrin Gasior or Michael Fuchs.


Bedarfsorientierte Sozialtransfers in Südtirol: Bestandsaufnahme und Entwicklungsperspektiven
On 19 December Michael Fuchs participated in the seminar "Bedarfsorientierte Sozialtransfers in Südtirol: Bestandsaufnahme und Entwicklungsperspektiven" in Bozen. He presentend lessons learned from the minimum income benefits in Austria ("Bedarfsorientierte Mindestsicherung") and Germany ("Arbeitslosengeld II") for the development of a minimum income benefit in South Tyrol.
Südtirol project concluding seminar: a 16-country comparison of social safety net adequacy
Pieter Vanhuysse gave a presentation at the concluding seminar "Bedarfsorientierte Sozialtransfers in Südtirol" at the autonomous government of South Tyrol in Bolzano.