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  • University of Turin


Elsa Fornero is Professor of Economics at the University of Turin (ret. since November 2018). She is also Scientific Coordinator at CeRP (the Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies, which she founded in 1999), Vice-President of Share-Eric (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe), Research Fellow at Netspar, and Policy Fellow at the IZA Institute for the Study of Labour. She is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Observatoire de l'Epargne Européenne, of the Advisory Group of the New Pact for Europe and of the Research Committee of the OECD International Network on Financial Education. She has been a consultant on pension reform for the World Bank.

From November 2011 to April 2013 she served as Minister of Labour, Social Policies and Equal Opportunities in Italy’s “technocratic” government, in which capacity she conceived and drafted the pension and labour market reforms.  

Fornero is also the author of many publications on public and private pension systems, pension reforms, population ageing, household saving, retirement choices and life insurance. Among her latest work, on reform and financial education: “Reforming labor markets: reflections of an economist who (unexpectedly) became the Italian Minister of Labor”, IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, 2013, 2:20; and “Voting in the aftermath of a pension reform: the role of economic-financial literacy”, (with Anna Lo Prete); Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 18:1, 2019.