Michael Förster is a senior researcher and policy analyst in the fields of economic inequality and social policy. He has lead OECD work in this area for 10+ years, resulting in a series of flagship publications: "Divided We Stand - Why Inequality Keeps Rising" (2011), "In It Together- Why Less Inequality Benefits All" (2015), A Broken Social Elevator? How to Promote Social Mobility" (2018), "Under Pressure: The Squeezed Middle Class (2019), "Does Inequality Matter? How people perceive economic disparities and social mobility" (2021). Since September 2022 Michael has been lecturing on "inequality and policy" as a guest professor at the University of Antwerp. Since September 2023, he is also teaching at SciencesPo Paris. In the past, he has been working with international research institutes, notably the Luxembourg Income Study (1994-1996) and the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna (2000-2004). Michael studied economics at the Universities of Vienna, Austria (M.A.) and Saarbrücken, Germany and holds a Ph.D. from University of Liège, Belgium.
“The impact of demographic and family structure changes on income distribution in Hungary and OECD countries” (with A. Vindics), in: Demografia Vol 62 No 5, pp. 77-105. Budapest 2021.
Promoting Social Mobility in Austria" (with S. Königs), OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 251, OECD Publishing, Paris 2020.
Accounting for Public Services in Distributive Analysis" (with G. Verbist), in: Decancq, K. and Kerm, P. (Ed.) What Drives Inequality? (Research on Economic Inequality, Vol. 27), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 69-87. 2019.
"Inégalités de salaires et revenus" (with C. Thevenot), in: Dictionnaire des inégalités et de la justice sociale (ed. P. Savidan), pp. 732 – 741, PUF (presses universitaires de France), 2018
"Entwicklung von Spitzeneinkommen in OECD-Ländern" (with K. Heitzmann), in: Handbuch Reichtum in Österreich (Hg. N. Dimmel, J. Hofmann, M. Schenk und M. Schürz), pp. 51-67, Studienverlag Innsbruck, Wien, Bozen, 2017
"Cross-country evidence of the multiple causes of inequality in the OECD area" (with I. Tóth), in: Handbook of Income Distribution (eds. F. Bourguignon and A.B. Atkinson), 2014 (forthcoming).
"Trends in Top Incomes and their Taxation in OECD Countries" (with A. Llena-Nozal and V. Nafilyan, OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers No. 159, OECD Publishing, Paris 2014.
"Demographic or labour market trends: What determines the distribution of household earnings in OECD countries?" (with W.H. Chen and A. Llena-Nozal), in: OECD Journal: Economic Studies, Volume 2013.
"Money or Kindergarten? Distributive Effects of Cash versus In-Kind Family Transfers for Young Children" (with G. Verbist), OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 135, OECD Publishing, Paris 2012.
Tackling Inequality in Brazil, China, India and South Africa: the Role of Labour Market and Social Policies (ed., with E. Arnal), OECD Publishing, Paris 2010.
"How much redistribution do Welfare States achieve? The role of cash transfers and household taxes" (with P. Whiteford), CESifo DICE Report – Journal for Institutional Comparisons, Vol. 7/3, pp. 34-41. Munich, 2009.
"The European Social Space Revisited: Comparing Poverty in the Enlarged European Union", in: Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Vol. 7, n° 1, pp. 29-48, Routledge Journals, 2005.