Robert Holzmann
Research Fellow

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Holzmann Robert Holzmann, professor of economics, returned in March 2011 to Austria after a distinguished career in international organizations and academia. He now holds the chair of Old Age Financial Protection at the University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur), is honorary professor at the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, University of New South Wales (Sydney), Fellow of the Austrian Academy of Science (Vienna), and Research Fellow at IZA (Bonn) and Cesifo (Munich), and researches, teaches and consults internationally on pensions, financial literacy/capability, labor and migration issues. Before his return he was the Research Director of the Labor Mobility Program (Marseille Center for Mediterranean Integration) and Senior Advisor of the Financial Literacy & Education Program (Russia Trust Fund) of the World Bank. From 1997 to 2009 he was Sector Director and Head of the Social Protection & Labor Department leading, inter alia, the strategic and conceptual work on pensions and labor at the World Bank. Before joining the Bank he was professor of economics and the director to the European Institute at the University of Saarland, Germany (1992-97), and before professor of economics at the University of Vienna, Austria. He was also Visiting Professor at various universities in Japan, Chile and Austria, and lectured at Harvard University (USA) and Oxford University (UK). As principal administrator at the OECD (1985-87), he wrote a comprehensive report on public pension reform in industrialized countries. As senior economist at the IMF (1988-1990), he was heavily involved in fiscal and social security issues during the initial transition from plan to market in Central and Eastern Europe. His research and operational involvement extends to all regions of the world, and he has published 34 books and over 150 articles on social, fiscal and financial policy issues. He travelled to over 80 countries.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2003 and created with Klaus Zimmermann in 2006 the Programm on "Employment and Development".
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10378  Mercedes Ayuso
Jorge Miguel Bravo
Robert Holzmann
Addressing Longevity Heterogeneity in Pension Scheme Design and Reform
10060  Mercedes Ayuso
Jorge Miguel Bravo
Robert Holzmann
On the Heterogeneity in Longevity among Socioeconomic Groups: Scope, Trends, and Implications for Earnings-Related Pension Schemes
7571  Robert Holzmann
A Provocative Perspective on Population Aging and Old-Age Financial Protection
6800  Robert Holzmann
Global Pension Systems and Their Reform: Worldwide Drivers, Trends, and Challenges
5731  Robert Holzmann
Yann Pouget
Milan Vodopivec
Michael Weber
Severance Pay Programs around the World: History, Rationale, Status, and Reforms
5715  Robert Holzmann
Johannes Koettl
Portability of Pension, Health, and Other Social Benefits: Facts, Concepts, Issues
(published in: CESifo Economic Studies, 2014 )
5296  Robert Holzmann
Alain Jousten
Addressing the Legacy Costs in an NDC Reform: Conceptualization, Measurement, Financing
(published in: Edward Palmer, Robert Holzmann and David Robalino, Nonfinancial Defined Contribution Pension Schemes in a Changing Pension World: Volume 2, Gender, Politics, and Financial Stability, World Bank, 2013, 277-304)
5114  Robert Holzmann
Bringing Financial Literacy and Education to Low and Middle Income Countries: The Need to Review, Adjust, and Extend Current Wisdom
1885  Robert Holzmann
Demographic Alternatives for Aging Industrial Countries: Increased Total Fertility Rate, Labor Force Participation, or Immigration
IZA Policy Papers:
No. Author(s)
130 Robert Holzmann
The ABCs of Nonfinancial Defined Contribution (NDC) Schemes
111 Robert Holzmann
Do Bilateral Social Security Agreements Deliver on the Portability of Pensions and Health Care Benefits? A Summary Policy Paper on Four Migration Corridors Between EU and Non-EU Member States
96 Robert Holzmann
Old-Age Financial Protection in Malaysia: Challenges and Options
20 Robert Holzmann
Yann Pouget
Towards an Objective-Driven System of Smart Labor Migration Management
(published in: World Bank - Economic Premise, 2010, 42, 1-5)