Head of Social Policy Division - OECD

Monika Queisser is Senior Counsellor to the Director of the OECD’s Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate. She is also Head of Social Policy Division, where she supervises and coordinates the work on social protection spending, social indicators, pensions, family and child policies, gender equality and diversity, housing and poverty. Her background is in pension system analysis and pension reform. She has been working at the OECD since 1997. In 2007-8, she worked as an adviser to the OECD Secretary-General.

Prior to joining the OECD Ms. Queisser worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the pensions and insurance group in the Financial Sector Development Department. Her first employment was with the German ifo institute for economic research in Munich. Her professional experience also includes employment as a journalist at daily newspapers and broadcasting in Germany.

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Session 8 : Governments must act to help the struggling middle class

A strong and prosperous middle class is crucial for any economy, crucial for every society. It is needed to sustain consumption and investment in education, health and housing. Societies with a strong middle class have lower crime rates and enjoy higher levels of trust and life satisfaction. The taxes the middle class pay are essential to fund social protection. Moreover, the middle class is also essential for political stability and good governance.

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