29 January: Migration Seminar “The impact of differential social security systems and taxation on the welfare of frontier workers in the EU” by I. Burlacu (UM)

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Date(s) - 29/01/14
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

UNU-Merit Conference Room (Keizer Karelplein 19)


The impact of differential social security systems and taxation on the welfare of frontier workers in the EU

by Irina Burlacu (Maastricht University)

 Maastricht Graduate School of Governance / UNU-MERIT with MACIMIDE migration seminar

This paper aims to offer an innovative analytic approach in the field of free movement for work in the European Union. It tackles the issues that frontier workers face as a consequence of interacting with two welfare and fiscal systems, by questioning to what extent the welfare states objectives perform on domestic and frontier workers’ welfare. It provides empirical proofs of the impact of the EC Regulation 883/2004 and national welfare state on the welfare of mobile earners. It argues that despite that the coordination regulation has supremacy over the national social security law; the national social security law are more important and decisive for the income of frontier workers when calculating social benefits and taxes. The results highlight the importance of factors, such as taxation, apart from the usually discussed policy duo, such as national law and coordination regulation.

About the Authors:

Irina Burlacu is a PhD researcher at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University. She holds a masters degree in comparative social policy from the Catholic University of Leuven and a bachelor degree in sociology from the Moldova State University. Irina is a grant holder of the PhD research project on “Challenges and perspectives of frontier work in the European Union”, the National Research Fund of Luxembourg. Key areas of interest: free movement for work, cross-border work in the European Union, social security coordination, personal income taxation.

Cathal O’Donoghue is head of the Rural Economy and Development Programme. He has studied at UCC, UCD, Oxford, and the London School of Economics, and has degrees in mathematics, statistics, economics, and social policy. Prior to joining Teagasc, Cathal spent a number of years at the Department of Economics at NUI Galway, Ireland. Earlier, he worked at the Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge, for 6 years, at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, and as a fast-stream civil servant in the UK government. His research is mainly in the area of applied public economics.