Inequalities, Insurance, Incentives and Immigration: Challenges and Solutions for the Welfare State – 2nd Workshop in Helsinki

a report by Eva Mörk (Project Leader)

4Is  Mörk TileIn the beginning of June, the 4I’s team met in Helsinki for the project’s second workshop. This time it was the Turku-team that was in charge of the arrangement and they had set us up in Hotel Katajonka, an old prison in Helsinki turned into a very nice conference venue.

Kaisa Kotakorpi had put together a comprehensive program with presentations of preliminary work from the Essex, Uppsala, Tampere and Turku-teams. The work presented included, both comparative analysis on European data and country specific analysis on specific topics such as the role of incentives in activation programs, as well as the tax- and benefit systems’ ability to smooth income shocks over life. Below follows a list of the papers that were presented

  • Jekaterina Navicke and Daria Popova: “Social stratification and life‐course vulnerability to poverty among families with children in European welfare regimes: a stress‐testing exercise”
  • Silvia Avram: “The role of taxes and benefits in smoothening income shocks across the life‐cycle”
  • Esa Palosaari: “Some psychological underpinnings of preferences for redistribution: Experimental and survey evidence”
  • Kristin Gunnarsson: “Female top income earners”
  • Ohto Kanninen: ”Satiation, Diminishing Sensitivity and Loss Aversion in Subjective Well‐being”
  • Jani‐Petri Laamanen: ”Income, Aspirations and Subjective Well‐being: International Evidence”
  • Alari Paulus: “The effect of market and policy changes on the income distribution”
  • Joonas Ollonqvist: “Decomposition of Income Inequality: Analysis for Finland, 1993 ‐2011”
  • Henry Ohlsson: ”The impact of wealth tax rates on taxable wealth”
  • Stefan Hochguertel: ”Wealth inequality and mobility in turbulent times”
  • Iva Tasseva: ”The effect of occupational changes on the marginal cost of public funds: a decomposition analysis”
  • Kaisa Kotakorpi: ”Screening through activation: Differential effects of a youth activation programme”

The one and a half day program included presentations of preliminary papers covering all four I’s: Inequalities, Insurance, Incentives and Immigration, and also it made it clear how intertwined these four topics are. If we are to be able to meet the future challenges of the welfare state, we need to study them together. Most importantly, scholars from several countries and fields need to meet and interact, and here programs like the Norface-funded “Welfare State Futures” play a crucial role