Panel discussion: Social Consequences of Covid-19

19  January 2021    4:00 pm CET

with Maria Jepsen, Bart Vanhercke, Georg Fischer & Michael Landesmann


online event; see registration link below


A panel discussion on differentiated medium- and longer-term impacts and appropriate policy responses.The following questions will be addressed:

Social consequences of Covid-19

  • Labour market impacts and how they differ for different groups of workers and their families
  • Consequences for the young and vulnerable groups
  • Did Covid-19 bring about a new jump in inequalities?

Social policy responses to Covid-19

  • Labour market and social policies: how do they interact?
  • Which employment and social policies to counter-act social vulnerabilities and unequal impact of Covid-19 crisis? 
  • How to deal with the risk for regression on gender equality in labour markets and society?

The presentation will be held in English.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. 


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The panelists

Bart Vanhercke is Director at the Brussels-based European Social Observatory (OSE). His research focuses on the social dimension of the EU's economic governance, a topic on which he also works as associate academic staff at the Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA) and the Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO) at the University of Leuven. Bart Vanhercke is also Policy Fellow at IZA (Berlin).

Maria Jepsen is Eurofound’s Deputy Director and presently acting Executive Director. She is also associate professor in labour economics at the Free University of Brussels. Her main research interests include gender studies, the impact of welfare states on labour supply, wages and working conditions, and more recently the development of the European social dimension.

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 Employment. In the European Commission, he was responsible for the development of social policy initiatives related to the Pillar of Social Rights.

Michael Landesmann is Senior Research Associate at wiiw and Professor of Economics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. He was Scientific Director of wiiw from 1996 to 2016. His research focuses on European economic integration, structural change, economic growth, general topics in international economic relations, labour markets and migration.