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InGRID satellite event 'NTTS Conference 2017'

'Presentation of the statistical component of the InGRID research project'

Monday 13 March 2017
14h00-17h30, Brussels

 

Chairs: Guy Van Gyes (HIVA-KU Leuven, Belgium, coordinator InGRID),

            Ralf Münnich (University of Trier, Germany)

 

InGRID is an EU-funded research infrastructure project. A European research infrastructure is about ‘facilitating’ research. InGRID is connected to the social sciences community, which wants to make an evidence-based contribution to the Europe 2020 policies of inclusive growth. It is about poverty research, labour studies, poli­cy analysis and social statistics. Key tools in this social science research are all types of official statistical data: earnings statistics, administrative social data, labour market data, surveys on quality of life or working conditions, policy indicators.

Participants to the satellite event were presented results of the work in the different pillars in the project and were invited to discuss the future challenges and opportunities of this European research infrastructure focusing on policy strategies of inclusive growth from the viewpoint of new trends and evolutions in related official statistics.

Registration to the event had to take place via the NTTS 2017 registration interface.

 

Programme

14.00-14.15    Introduction to the event

14.15-14.45    Data integration challenges in European research on inclusive labour markets

Ine Smits (HIVA-KU Leuven)

 

14.45-15.15    Domain (small area) estimation of survey discontinuities

Nikos Tzavidis (University of Southampton | Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute)

Abstract: National Statistical Institutes in Europe have been reviewing approaches for streamlining the survey design and data collection processes across multiple surveys that on many instances collect information on similar topics.  Such a streamlining process is likely to create breaks in the series of survey estimates known as survey discontinuities. In this talk we will present results from recent work for estimating survey discontinuities for small domains across five surveys in Wales. The talk will focus on direct and model-based estimation of discontinuities and further discuss challenges with using model-based estimation and measuring the uncertainty of estimates of discontinuities.

 

15.15-15.45    Coffee break

 

15.45-16.15    IPOLIS: the Integrated POverty and Living conditions Indicator System

András Gábos (TÁRKI Social Research Institute)

Abstract: IPOLIS, the Integrated Poverty and living Conditions Indicator System, is a comprehensive, multidimensional, cross-country and over-time comparative database on the quality of life of vulnerable groups (children, young people, and older people) in the European Union. Quality of life, as a multidimensional concept, involves material living conditions, labour market participation, education and skills, health and risk behaviour, social connectedness and environmental quality. In addition, IPOLIS includes context and policy indicators.

While data and indicators in the field of poverty. living conditions and quality of life are widely available, IPOLIS provides at the same time an integrated, multidimensional frame for analyses and interpretation, a selection of most relevant measures and a visualization tool to explore the database in a flexible, user-oriented way. The easy-to-handle and flexible visualization tool helps users to explore the database and to detect cross-country and cross-time patterns and correlations.

 

16.15-16.45    Multidimenstional indicators to measure children's living conditions and deprivation

Antonella D'Agostino (University of Napoli Parthenope)

Abstract: In the last decades, starting with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children in 1989, children’s quality of life have received a growing attention in scientific research, as well as in politics. This work aims to gain insights into Italian children’s living conditions and deprivation of capabilities using the Capability Approach, an alternative normative framework for the evaluation of human development, well-being and freedom by thinking in terms of human functionings and capabilities. From a methodological point of view we present an approach based on a fuzzy methodology applied to data from the EU-SILC 2009 ad-hoc module on children. The use of this methodology makes it possible to preserve the richness of the data available from the EU-SILC survey, that include both monetary and non monetary aspects of children deprivation. To get more insides into Italian children living conditions we also combine the fuzzy methodology with the capability approach at a disaggregated level of analysis by three social economic factors (single parent household, household educational level, macro-region of residence).

 

16.45-17.00    Presenting the new InGRID-2 research infrastructure project

Guy Van Gyes (HIVA-KU Leuven)

 

17.00-17.30    Closing reception celebrating the new project period 2017-2021

 

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InGRID satellite event 'NTTS Conference 2015'

'Evidence-based contributions to the Europe 2020 policies of inclusive growth - from the viewpoint of new trends and evolutions in related offical statistics'

 
Friday 13 March 2015
9h00-13h00, Brussels

 

Chairs: Guy Van Gyes (HIVA-KU Leuven, Belgium, coordinator InGRID),

            Ralf Münnich (University of Trier, Germany)

 

InGRID is an EU-funded research infrastructure project. A European research infrastructure is about ‘facilitating’ research. InGRID is connected to the social sciences community, which wants to make an evidence-based contribution to the Europe 2020 policies of inclusive growth. It is about poverty research, labour studies, poli­cy analysis and social statistics. Key tools in this social science research are all types of official statistical data: earnings statistics, administrative social data, labour market data, surveys on quality of life or working conditions, policy indicators.

Participants will be invited to discuss the future challenges and opportunities of this European research infrastructure focusing on policy strategies of inclusive growth from the viewpoint of new trends and evolutions in related official statistics.  The base input to start this discussion will be the results of an expert Delphi survey on the matter.

Other particular issues will be tackled by specific paper presentation of InGRID members.

Registration to the event had to take place via the NTTS 2015 registration interface.

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Programme

09.00 - 09.15    Welcome and registration

09.15 - 09.30    Introduction to InGRID project

09.30 - 10.30    Futuring a European research infrastructure on inclusive growth

            09.30 - 09.50    Presentation of the Delphi Survey results

                            Lise Szekér & Guy Van Gyes (HIVA-KU Leuven, Belgium)

            09.50 - 10.10    Comments by discussant

                              Emilio Di Meglio (European Commision - Eurostat Unit F4 'Quality of life')

            10.10 - 10.30    Plenary discussion

 

10.45 – 11.00    Poverty measures for 'local' comparison: statistical problems and empirical results in OECD countries
Achille Lemmi (Department of Economics and Statistics, Univeristy of Sienna, Italy)

Abstract: The extent to which income inequality and poverty vary within countries across different regions is very relevant for policy decisions and monitoring. However, sub-national measures are scarce, given the complexity of producing indicators at the regional level from the available data and the methodological issues related to cross-countries comparability. This paper presents a set of indicators of income inequality and poverty across and within regions for 28 OECD countries. These indicators were produced through a new household-level data collection using internationally harmonized income definitions as part of the OECD project on “Measuring regional and local well-being for policymaking”.

 

11.00 – 11.15    Coffee break

 

11.15 – 11.45    The OECD Inclusive Growth Indicator: a long time-series analysis
Fabrice Murtin (OECD)

Abstract: The paper calculates long time-series of living standards among OECD and emerging economies over the period 1980-2012. Living standards are measured through the equivalent-income method (Samuelson, 1956, 1961) which aggregates household disposable income, unemployment and life expectancy into a single composite index, where the weights of each variable are derived from life satisfaction regressions and are deemed to reflect people’s preferences. The national distribution of equivalent incomes is then conveyed into a single figure of living standards through the use of a ‘social welfare function’ (Arrow, 1963, Fleurbaey 2009, Fleurbaey and Blanchet, 2013). In practice, we take stock of about 6 life satisfaction databases and run a “meta-data analysis” to purge the shadow prices of unemployment and longevity from different statistical biases. We test for several econometric specifications to allow for non-linear trends of shadow prices along the development process and for potential complementarities across the different dimensions of living standards. We find a strong convergence pattern among the sample. Living standards appear to be more volatile than GDP along the business cycle mostly due to unemployment variations.

 

11.45 – 12.15    EUROMOD: new developments and future
Holly Sutherland (ISER, University of Essex, UK)

Abstract: EUROMOD is the tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union, covering all member states of the European Union, based on EU-SILC micro-data. It is used to analyse the effects of policies and reforms to them on income distri­bution, work incentives and public finances. As well as a short introduction to how EUROMOD is used and the current state of play, the presentation will outline some plans and future possibilities. These include two extensions being carried out as part of InGRID: adding a state of the art model household tool and extending the policy scope to include childcare policies. Also included are further extensions in scope (e.g. to cover indirect taxes and non EU countries) and improvements in user-friendliness and accessibility.

 

12.15 – 12.45    Indicators of collectively-agreed wages in the Eurozone: A quality report for 10 countries
Guy Van Gyes & Sem Vandekerckhove (HIVA-KU Leuven, Belgium)

Abstract: The paper makes a quality assessment of the available national indicators on collectively agreed wages available in ten European countries including Austria, Bel­gium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK. It assesses the available indicators in a comparative way by using the six dimensions of statistical output quality, developed within the European statistical system by Eurostat: relevance, coherence, clarity, accuracy, timeliness, and accessibility.

 

12.45 - 13.00   Closing

Second Research Infrastructure Forum

'Inclusive Growth and the European semester policies, indicators and data'
Leuven, 2 April 2014

 

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Focus of the forum

The Europe 2020 strategy sets as targets for inclusive growth to lift at least 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion and to increase employment of the population aged 20-64 to 75%. The European Semester provides the framework for steering and monitoring EU countries' economic and social reforms to reach these Europe 2020 targets.

In 2014 the Joint Employment report as annex of the Annual Growth Survey contains for the first time a social scoreboard. It should identify major employment and social problems in the framework of the European Semester, the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle. This should allow a better analysis and a swifter identification of major problems, but no sanction is foreseen for countries that breach the indicators. The Social Protection Committee and the Employment Committee have meanwhile updated and strengthened their monitoring instruments. New indicators and data are used to observe social inclusion. These developments are organized within a governing framework that includes since 2012 among others a social investment package and youth guarantee plan.

The forum tackled in relation to this developing European policy initiatives questions like:

  • Is this an important policy change? Can we speak about a policy turn in the evolving EU economic governance? What is and will be the impact in the fight against social exclusion, inequality and poverty in Europe? And how should or can these policy instruments develop in the future? Should it be linked to or embedded within other, new EU policies?
  • Are the employment and social indicators proposed sufficient to cover the Member States’ employment and social situations comprehensively? Are additional or better indicators needed? The related report of the European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs makes a plea for additional indicators like a decent work index, a European living wage index or indicators on child poverty.
  • And what about data? Do we have in Europe ‘sound’ material to back this kind of evidence-based policy exercises? What are the conceptual and methodological challenges in this regard?

Agenda and PowerPoints

13:45 – 14:00 Welcome
14:00 - 14:30 POLICY - Nicholas Costello
Deputy Head of Unit Social policies, Innovation and Governance, EC DG Employment and Social Affairs
The seminar will start with an introductory presentation by the representative of the European Commission on these new European policy developments.
14:30 - 15:00 SITUATION - Wiemer Salverda
Professor of Labour Market and Inequality at the Amsterdam Centre for inequality studies AMCIS, and emeritus director of AIAS, University of Amsterdam. He coordinated the international GINI research project
Prof. Salverda will illustrate the current problems of social inclusion in Europe by focusing on income inequality and the labour market. Household joblessness is the policy issue to tackle.
 
15:00 - 15:30 INSTRUMENTS - Frank Vandenbroucke & Rudi Van Dam
Professor KU Leuven, the Universities of Antwerp and the University of Amsterdam. Former Belgian Minister of Social Affairs. His research focuses on the impact of the EU on the development of social and employment policy in the EU Member States. Rudi Van Dam is vice-Chair of the indicators sub-group of the Social Protection Committee
Prof. Vandenbroucke and Rudi Van Dam will focus on the quality and added-value of the new EC instruments and indicators to monitor and direct inclusive policies in Europe today.
 
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break  
16:00 - 16:20 INSTRUMENTS - Guy Van Gyes
Research manager HIVA-KU Leuven and co-ordinator of the InGRID project, specialising in research on employee relations and working conditions
In a report the European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs makes among others a plea for additional employment-related indicators like a decent work index or a European living wage index. Guy Van Gyes will give an insight into the possibilities and challenges of such kind of indicators referring to the InGRID work he conducts in this regard together with Lise Szekér and Monique Ramioul.
 
16:20 - 17:00 FUTURE – Plenary discussion  

 

First Research Infrastructure Forum

'Setting the agenda of the InGRID project'
Leuven, 9 April 2013

Agenda and PowerPoints

09:30 – 10:00 Introductions
Maria Theofilatou – EC, DG Research and Innovation
Monique Ramioul - HIVA-KU Leuven (BE): Presentation of InGRID
10:00 - 11:15 Poverty and living conditions and their policy implications: setting the agenda and challenges in the crisis
István György Tóth – TARKI (HU) (pillar leader Poverty and living conditions): Challenges and contributions of InGRID
Kenneth NelsonSOFI (SE) (pillar leader Policy): Challenges and contributions of InGRID
Deirdre de Burca – Caritas Europe (BE): Reflections and comments
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee break  
11:30 - 12:30 Working conditions and vulnerability: setting the agenda and challenges in the crisis
Günther Schmid – WZB (DE): New skills and jobs in Europe. Pathways towards full employment
Greet Vermeylen - Eurofound: Working conditions in the crisis
Kea Tijdens AIAS-UvA (NL) (pillar leader Working conditions and vulnerability): Reflections and comments on contribution of InGRID
 
12:30 - 12:45 Closure
Filip Abraham – vice rector of the Humanities and Social Sciences Group, KU Leuven (BE)
 

 

 
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