Professor Robert Holzmann

Professor Robert Holzmann is the second holder of Old Age Financial Protection Chair for one year from 2 July 2012 to 1 July 2013.

Robert Holzmann, professor of economics, returned in March 2011 to Austria after a distinguished career in international organizations and academia. He now directs the RH Institute for Economic Policy Analyses, Vienna, serves as Senior Advisor (consultant) to the World Bank, and teaches internationally. Before his return he was the Research Director of the Labor Mobility Program (Marseille Center for Mediterranean Integration) and Senior Advisor of the Financial Literacy and Education Program (Russia Trust Fund) of the World Bank. From May 1997 to end-June 2009 he was Sector Director and Head of the Social Protection & Labor Department leading, inter alia, the strategic and conceptual work on pensions and labor at the World Bank. Before joining the Bank he was professor of economics and the director to the European Institute at the University of Saarland, Germany (1992-97). He was prior to this, professor of economics at the University of Vienna, Austria. He was also Visiting Professor at various universities in Japan, Chile and Austria, and lectured at Harvard University (USA) and Oxford University (UK). As principal administrator at the OECD (1985-87), he wrote a comprehensive report on public pension reform in industrialized countries. As senior economist at the IMF (1988-1990), he was heavily involved in fiscal and social security issues during the initial transition from planned to market in Central and Eastern Europe. His research and operational involvement extends to all regions of the world, and he has published 29 books and over 150 articles on social, fiscal and financial policy issues. He travelled to over 80 countries.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2003 and created with Klaus Zimmermann the Program on "Employment and Development" for which he now serves as Chair of the Scientific Committee.


Professor Robert Holzmann, an Austrian national, holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Graz, and a Ph.D. and "Habilitation" in Economics from the University of Vienna. He can speak four languages, German, English, French and Spanish. His areas of specialization are pensions, social protection, labor market policy, public finance and economics of integration.

Last Update: March 22, 2018