Georg Fischer

Senior Research Associate

telephone: +43 (1) 533 66 10

Georg Fischer is Senior Research Associate at wiiw, focusing on employment and social policies at the European level. He retired from the European Commission in July 2017, where his last position was Director for Social Affairs in DG EMPL. In the Commission, he was responsible for the development of social policy initiatives related to the Pillar of Social Rights. Earlier in his Commission career, he contributed to the establishment of the European Employment Strategy, worked on the Green and White Papers on Pensions, on policies to facilitate labour market transitions and more recently on policies to address social convergence and divergence. Previously to his work with the European Commission he worked at the OECD and served in the Ministries of Finance and Labour in Austria and at the Economic Cooperation Foundation in Tel Aviv. He was a research fellow at the Social Science Center Berlin and at the Yale University Macmillan Center (EU Studies Fellow 2015/2016).

Austria, Vienna

List of Publications

External Publications wiiw Publications

External Publications

Articles in books
  • 'Social Europe: The Pillar of Social Rights', in: Ewald Nowotny, Doris Ritzberger-Grünwald and Helene Schuberth (eds), Structural Reforms for Growth and Cohesion. Lessons and Challenges for CESEE Countries and a Modern Europe, Chapter 4, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, 2018, pp. 32-45
  • 'Temporary layoff unemployment in Austria: empirical evidence from administrative data' (with Karl Pichelmann), Applied Economics, Volume 23, 1991 - Issue 9, Taylor & Francis Online, 28 July 2006, pp. 1447-1452

wiiw Publications

wiiw Monthly Reports
  • 'Minimum wages back on the agenda in Europe', Monthly Report No. 4/2018, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 4, Vienna, April 2018, pp. 6-10