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Active Ageing Policy and Pension Reforms: Russian and International Experience, 2021

The Institute for Social Policy (ISP) at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics is hosting since 2019 a regular academic workshop “Active Ageing Policy and Pension Reforms: Russian and International Experience”

The workshop is to encourage academic and expert discussion on social policy development, aging population, active ageing, and pension reforms that are to be based on research and international experience.

The workshop favours an interdisciplinary approach and expects to bring together Russian and foreign experts in different fields such as economy, law, sociology, demography as well as decision-makers dealing with these issues. 

The workshop is to focus on three key topics:

(1) social and economic dimensions of aging population and active ageing;

(2) pension reform;

(3) social insurance and its improvement options.

 

Academic Leader – Oksana Sinyavskaya, Deputy Director of the Institute for Social Policy.

Project Coordinator – Olga Voron, Advisor to the Director of the Institute for Social Policy.


Co-organized Events

 

The Institute for Social Policy at the National Research University Higher School of Economics held on Thursday, March 18, 2020 the 16th academic workshop on the topic of International Experience of Guaranteed Minimum Income Programs: Opportunities for Russia. The event was organized on the online platform Zoom in the framework of a research grant funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (grant ID: 075-15-2020-928) and in cooperation with the World Bank within the series of events under the topic “Active Ageing Policy and Pension Reforms: Russian and International Experience”.

 

                                   

 This workshop continued discussing the future of social protection systems in a post-pandemic world. The coronavirus pandemic exacerbated poverty and inequalities on the one hand, but on the other, it led to an unprecedented increase in government support measures. Guaranteed minimum income schemes, as one of today’s leading social assistance instruments, were proving to be very effective during the current crisis caused by the pandemic COVID-19 coronavirus. An interesting and productive discussion was devoted to analysing the international experience of guaranteed minimum income schemes, with Italy as a case study, as well as the possibility of establishing this programme in Russia. 

Speakers:

 
 

 

Nithin UMAPATHI, Senior Economist, Social Protection and Jobs, World Bank

Ludovica CHERCHI, Economist, Social Protection and Labor Global Practice, World Bank country office in Italy

Garanteed Minimum Income Programs: International Experience of Implementation

Guaranteed Minimum Income program covers basic needs in situations of extreme poverty and is considered the ultimate form of safety net in the EU countries. It is means-tested and is aimed at reducing the gap between the poverty line and household income. Such a program is designed for long term graduation out of poverty by helping families to address their difficult life situations through social integration, but it also requires availability to work for those who are able to work. Italy is the latest country that introduced the GMI program in 2020 and we will hear about the Italian experience for implementing the GMI from the perspectives of design, cost, and impact.

 

 

Moderator:

 
   

Oksana Sinyavskaya, Deputy Director, Institute for Social Policy, Higher School of Economics

 

Panelists:

 
 


Vassiliy Anikin
, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Stratification Studies, Institute for Social Policy, Higher School of Economics

 

Olessya Feoktistova, Head, Social Finance Center, NIFI

 

 

 


 

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