The 5th International Research Conference on Social Security, was held from 5 to 7 March 2007 in Warsaw, Poland, at the invitation of the Polish Social Insurance Institution (ZUS).
Social security and the labour market seem to be increasingly at odds, apparently growing further and further apart. Both in the industrialized and the developing world, labour markets are becoming more competitive, flexible and informal. Social security is often incapable of keeping pace with these trends and effectively protecting individuals from the most severe effects of informal and precarious employment. What is more, corresponding to the argument that social security must not "stand in the way" of dynamic labour markets, social security provision is increasingly questioned, scaled back or at least refocused so as to serve labour market requirements.
National social security systems are also often ill-equipped to deal with the increasing number of migrant workers who reflect the rising geographical mobility of labour and the internationalization of labour markets. In short, while in the present situation of ever more flexible and international labour markets new needs for social security arise, the ability of social security to meet such needs seems to decline.
Topic 1: The bigger picture: Flexible labour markets and the role of social security
Topic 2: The coverage gap: Informal labour markets in the developing world
Topic 3: Reconciling social security and labour market flexibility
Topic 4: The prevailing focus on work: Making social security more employment-friendly
Topic 5: The labour market of the future: Policy challenges for social security
Panel on Policy implications for social security in the evolving labour market.
International Research Conference Final Programme
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