Selected current Projects

European Social Policy Network (ESPN)

Principal Investigator: Marcel Fink
Project Members: Marcel Fink, Raphaela Hyee, Monika Riedel
Project Duration: 2018 – 2019 (renewable on an annual basis)
Funding: European Commission
Project Information: As a result of call for tender VT/2018/021, the European Commission has awarded contract No. VC/2018/0463 to LISER (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research). The subject of the contract is to provide support to the European Commission for the establishment and management of the European Social Policy Network (ESPN). The ESPN assists the European Commission by providing high quality and timely independent information, advice, analysis and expertise on social policy issues in the EU and neighbouring countries. At the heart of the ESPN are Country Teams of independent experts on social protection and social inclusion policies, which are managed by a National Coordinator, an which is located at the IHS in the Austrian case. The tasks to be performed are preparing and updating (once a year) a Country Profile; preparing an annual European Semester Report and producing Thematic Reports assessing how well participating countries are tackling key social protection and social inclusion challenges.


Feasibility Study for a Child Guarantee (FSCG)

Principal Investigator: Marcel Fink
Project Member: Marcel Fink
Project Duration: 2018 - 2020
Funding: European Commission / Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)
Project Information: In November 2015, the European Parliament voted for the proposition to combat child poverty and social exclusion and to ensure the effective implementation of the 2013 Recommendation on “Investing in Children” with a Child Guarantee (CG). As a result of subsequent discussions with the Commission and stakeholders, it was agreed to fund and develop a Preparatory Action to explore the potential scope of a CG by examining its added-value and feasibility in comparison to what exists and to analyse the practical conditions for the implementation of such a scheme. The Commission awarded this FSCG to a consortium consisting of Applica and the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and working in close collaboration with Eurochild and Save the Children, and with the support of nine thematic experts (five policy area experts and four target group experts), 28 national experts (one of them Marcel Fink / IHS). Within this project, IHS provides a country report on Austria, dealing with four target groups of children (children living in precarious family situations, children residing in institutions, children of recent migrants and refugees and children with disabilities and other children with special needs) and five policy areas (nutrition, education, healthcare, housing, early childhood education and care/ECEC).

Public Attitudes to Welfare, Climate Change and Energy in the EU and Russia (PAWCER)

Principal Investigators: Marcel Fink, Johannes Pollak
Project Members: Marcel Fink, Resul Umit, Katarina Valkova
Project Duration: 2016 - 2019
Project Information: The goal of the PAWCER project is to conduct comparative research on public attitudes to welfare, climate change and energy, all of which are relevant to understanding conflict, identity, and memory. Cross-national analyses of survey data, namely from the European Social Survey (ESS), and contextual data are used to examine discrepancies and similarities, as well as diverging and converging trends between public attitudes to these topics, thus unraveling the sources and patterns of mutual understanding and cooperation and of potential conflicts in and between EU countries and Russia. PAWCER allowed Russia to join ESS Round 8, for which fieldwork started in September 2016 and so created a basis for long-term cooperation. PAWCER is conducted by an international research consortium under the lead of GESIS. The Institute for Advanced Studies, together with the European Centre for European Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna), at first instance takes the lead in collecting appropriate contextual information, both general statistical one, and topic specific information.

A Study on Future Trends and Taxation

Principal InvestigatorSusanne Forstner
Project Members: Thomas Davoine, Elisabeth Frankus, Raphaela Hyee
Project Duration: December 2018 – October 2019
Funding: European Commission / DG TAXUD Taxation and Customs Union
Project Information: Megatrends such as climate change, advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, population ageing and globalisation influence societies in many ways and may require changes in policies to ensure the welfare of citizens. Therefore, it is important to try to anticipate changes and to prepare for different possible outcomes. This study aims to identify and analyse the impact of megatrends on the level and structure of tax revenues and to develop possible future scenarios and their implications on tax policy and government revenues. It focuses on four thematic areas as drivers of change: climate change and environmental externalities, technology, demographics, and the changing geo-political landscape, with the aim of supporting the Commission’s work on securing the sustainability of European tax systems.

Automatisierung und Digitalisierung industrieller Arbeit: Case Studies in österreichischen Industriebetrieben zur Arbeitssituation von Erwerbstätigen

Principal Investigator: Gerlinde Titelbach
Project Members: Stefanie Stadlober, Marcel Fink
Project Duration: 2018 - 2019
Funding: Gefördert vom Sozialministerium
Project Information: In diesem Forschungsprojekt wird die aktuelle Situation in österreichischen Industriebetrieben im Zusammenhang mit Digitalisierung und Automatisierung (Stichwort Industrie 4.0) hinsichtlich Digitalisierungsgrad, Beschäftigtenstruktur, Organisationsstruktur und Arbeitsbedingungen untersucht. Auf Basis von empirischen Fallstudien (Case Studies) zu ausgewählten österreichischen Industriebetrieben werden diese Fragen untersucht und analysiert. Im Rahmen der Fallstudien wird ein Methodenmix aus Betriebsbegehungen, Experteninterviews und Interviews mit Arbeitnehmervertreter/inne/n dar. Zudem werden bestehende Erkenntnissen des Themenkomplexes in Form einer Literaturrecherche systematisiert.


Microeconomic Consequences of Automation and Income Inequality

Principal Investigator: Rudolf Winter-Ebmer
Project Members: Gerlinde Titelbach, Katarina Valkova
Project Duration: January 2017  - June 2019
Project Output: Working papers, journal articles
Funding: OeNB - Jubiläumsfonds Project No. 17391