Robert Holzmann

Austrian Central Bank, and Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria, and IZA, Germany

This is a very innovative and useful project to bring important labor market knowledge to the reach of policymakers and researchers in a focused, simple and yet high-quality manner. I hope the target audience but also other potential users such as students and journalists will take advantage of this new knowledge base. I am very pleased to be part of this endeavor

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Governor, Austrian Central Bank, Austria; Honorary Professor, University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia; Distinguished Research Fellow, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Research interest

Pensions, migration and labor markets, development economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Senior Advisor and Strategic Consultant, World Bank (2011–2018); Sector Director for Social Protection and Labor, World Bank (1997–2009)

Past positions

Professor of Economics, University of Vienna, Austria (1983–1992); Professor of Economics, University of Saarland, Germany (1992–2003); Guest Professor, Catholic University of Chile (1995)


PhD Economics, University of Vienna, 1977

Selected publications

  • "The taxation of internationally portable pensions: Fiscal issues and policy options." In: Holzmann, R., and J. Piggott (eds). The Taxation of Pensions. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, Forthcoming (with B. Genser).

  • Managed Labor Migration in Afghanistan: Exploring Employment and Growth Opportunities for Afghanistan. Kabul: World Bank, 2018.

  • “Addressing longevity heterogeneity in pension scheme design.” Journal of Finance and Economics 6:10 (2017): 1–21 (with M. Ayuso and J. Bravo).

  • “An optimistic perspective on population aging and old-age financial protection.” Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies 50:2 (2013): 107–137.

  • Pension Reform, Financial Market Development, and Economic Growth: Preliminary Evidence from Chile. IMF Staff Papers No. 44, June 1997; pp. 149–178.