Conference Programme

ImPRovE Mid-term Conference

The distributive impact of policies before and during the crisis

Lessons for Europe 2020

Antwerp, 8 April 2014



Conference Programme

Preceding the main conference, two workshops will be organised to discuss topical research carried out in ImPRovE: a workshop on social innovation and a workshop on reference budgets developed in the ImPRovE project.


09:30 am: Start registration

Workshops, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

12:00 pm: Lunch break / Start registration main conference

Opening session, 01:00 pm – 03:00 pm

Chair: Prof. John Hills (LSE – CASE)


Welcome address by Prof dr. Bea Cantillon (University of Antwerp – CSB)


Keynote speeches: The distributive impact of policies in the recent past

  • Prof. dr. Holly Sutherland  (University of Essex – ISER)  A lost decade? Decomposing the effect of 2001-11 tax-benefit policy changes on the income distribution in EU countries
  • Prof. dr. Manos Matsaganis   (Athens University of Economics and Business – PARU) The distributional effects of the crisis and austerity in seven EU countries
Dr. Karel Van den Bosch (Federal Planning Bureau BE / University of Antwerp)
Dr. Gilles Mourre (European Commission, Head of Unit Revenue management and tax policy issues)

03:00 pm: Coffee break

Policy conclusions and lessons for Europe 2020, 03:30 pm – 05:30 pm,

Thoughts and comments from civil society and policy makers

Chair: Prof. dr. Yuri Kazepov (University of Urbino)


Presentations by:

Closing speech by Prof. dr. Frank Vandenbroucke (KULeuven / University of Antwerp) A European Social Union: 10 tough nuts to crack

07:00 pm: Networking Dinner