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EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY MAKING  - a collaborative event of WIFO, IHS and CEU

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Thursday, May 27, 2021, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Evidence-Based Policy Making - A collaborative event of WIFO, IHS and CEU

Thank you to all the speakers for attending this conference and for giving us insight into the latest data-driven empirical research with an emphasis on policy applications. To watch the recordings and to access the presentations of the speakers in PDF format, please click here.

Closing Discussions Panel
Closing Panel Discussion













The conference was organized by researchers from IHS, WIFO and CEU, and is open to the wider public to showcase and reflect the research of these institutions in the field of applied evidence-based policymaking.

The aim of this collaborative event was to address current topics in data-driven, empirical research, with an emphasis on policy applications. National statistical systems are part of central governments, and the move to promote open statistical data is part of a broader development to make governments more transparent, efficient, and finally more democratic.

In a similar vein, open science pushes scientists to be more transparent in their approaches and to engage more with society. The conference discusses openness in this context and asks if and how it is possible to combine exploratory approaches and causal inference methods when making policy decisions

Streaming of keynotes, presentations, and panel discussions will be provided via Zoom.


1:00 – 1:30 WELCOME AND OPENING             

Michael G. Ignatieff, Rector and President of CEU

Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus at Warwick University


1:30 – 3:00 KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS and Discussion

Moderation: Donia Lasinger (WWTF)


Silvia Rocha-Akis (WIFO): Redistribution by the State in Austria and first evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on household incomes

2:00 - 2:30

Klaus Weyerstrass (IHS): New short-term macroeconomic indicators and their general usefulness for economic nowcasting


Botond Köszegi, Paul Heidhues, Takeshi Murooka (CEU):  Procrastination Markets




3:15 – 4:45   CONCURRENT ROUND-TABLE SESSIONS on How is data being used to inform public policy

BREAK-OUT SESSION 1: Global Crises and Policy Response

Rapporteur: Josef Baumgartner (WIFO)

Sebastian Koch, Richard Sellner (IHS): The new economic high frequency monitoring tool of IHS – insights and challenges of collecting data

Michael Miess, Sebastian Poledna (IHS, Umweltbundesamt, WU, IIASA): Economic forecasting and policy analysis with an empirically estimated agent-based model for Austria

Christian Glocker, Serguei Kaniovski (WIFO): Structural modeling and forecasting using a cluster of dynamic factor models


BREAK-OUT SESSION 2: Data Driven Policy Making

Rapporteur: Viktoriia Poltoratskaya (CEU)

Mihály Fazekas (CEU), Alexandre Borges de Oliveira (World Bank), Nora Regos (Government Transparency Institute): Lowering prices of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and equipment: Insights from Big Data for better procurement strategies in Latin America

Julia Bachtrögler-Unger, Mathieu Doussineau (WIFO): EU research & innovation funding schemes: Using project-level data for monitoring & evaluation

Anna Durnová (IHS): Between expertise and emotions: post-factual lesson for a sustainable evidence-based decision making


BREAK-OUT SESSION 3: Labor Markets and Institutions 

Rapporteur: Susanne Forstner (IHS)

Monika Merz, Almut Balleer, Tamas Papp (University of Vienna): Couples’ Time Use in the Aggregate: Evidence from a Structural Model

Andrea Weber (CEU): Waiting for Recall? Evidence from Temporary Layoffs in Austria

Helmut Mahringer, Rainer Eppel, René Böheim (WIFO): More Effective and Cheaper? Cost-Revenue Analysis for “BBEN” – a New Counselling and Care Format for Persons with Multiple Placement Obstacles





Moderation: Thomas König (IHS)

  Round table’s rapporteurs report for 5-10 min per group

  60min discussion/conclusions with representatives of governance and research:

  • Martin Kocher (Federal Minister, Austrian Ministry for Labour)
  • Barbara Prainsack (Head of the Dept. of Political Science, University of Vienna)
  • Thomas Starlinger (Security Advisor to the Federal President)
  • Tobias Thomas (Director General of Statistics Austria, University of Düsseldorf)
  • Christine Zulehner (Department of Economics, University of Vienna and WIFO)