Vanda Almeida is an Economic Analyst working in the Fiscal Policy Analysis team at the JRC-Seville. She carries out research and policy analysis in the area of tax-benefit policies. She uses microsimulation modelling tools to assess the impact of fiscal reforms affecting tax revenues and benefit expenses, inequality, and disposable income in the European Union member states. Furthermore, she contributes to the improvement of the link between the European Commission's microsimulation and DSGE models, EUROMOD and QUEST respectively.
Before joining the JRC in 2018, Vanda was doing her PhD at the Paris School of Economics (PSE), which she concluded in 2019. Her dissertation was on the topic “Income inequality and the stabilising role of the tax and transfer system in times of crisis” and was done under the supervision of Romain Rancière. She holds a Masters in "Public Policy and Development" from the PSE, a Masters in "Applied Econometrics and Forecasting" from the Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG) and a Licenciatura in Economics from the Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE).
She has previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), a consultant for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an Assistant Professor at the École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique (ENSAE) and an economist at the Central Bank of Portugal (Banco de Portugal). She has also taught Mathematics and Macroeconomics in several schools, including the ENSAE, ESSEC Business School and Sciences Po.
Vanda has done research on diverse topics, concerning both micro and macro subjects, conducting both applied and theoretical analysis. Her current research interests relate to inequality, redistribution, the cushioning role of the tax and transfer system, heterogeneous agents DSGE models and the interactions between microeconomic heterogeneity and macroeconomic dynamics.
Salvador Barrios is Head of the Fiscal Policy Analysis Unit of the Joint Research Centre, European Commission. He received his doctorate from Sciences-Po Paris. His research focuses on public finances, taxation and growth.
Salvador previously worked as Fiscal Policy Analyst at the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission. Before joining the European Commission Salvador held teaching and research positions in several universities in the UK, Spain, Ireland and Belgium.
Michael Christl works as an Economic Analyst in the Fiscal Policy Analysis team at JRC-Seville. His current work focuses on the area of microsimulation, where he works on model maintenance and development in the area of taxation policy using the EUROMOD microsimulation model.
Before Joining the JRC in 2018, Michael worked for 5 years as a Labour Economist at Agenda Austria in Vienna. He has also conducted research in the areas of microsimulation and tax policy.
Michael holds a Master degree in Economics, as well as in Quantitative Finance of the Vienna University of Business. Currently he is doing his PhD at Vienna University of Business and Economics in the field of Empirical Economic Research.
His main research interests lie in the areas of labour economics and public finance.
Silvia De Poli
Silvia De Poli is an Economic Analyst at the Fiscal Policy Analysis team at JRC - Seville. She works on the model maintenance and development in the area of taxation policy using the EUROMOD microsimulation model.
Before joining the JRC, she was Research Fellow in the Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (FBK-IRVAPP) in Trento.
She has the MSc degree in Statistics for Economics, Business and Finance from the University of Padova.
Her research interests are policy evaluation, labour market policies and microsimulation models.
Klaus Grünberger is an Economic Analyst at the Fiscal Policy Analysis team of JRC-Seville. He works on the development of the microsimulation model EUROMOD and contributes to the empirical analysis of tax-benefit policy reforms of EU Member States.
Before joining JRC in 2019, he worked as a consultant for UNICEF, FAO and WIFO (Austrian Institute of Economic Research).
Klaus holds a Magister degree in Economics from the University of Vienna and a PhD in Econometrics and Empirical Economics from the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata'.
His main research interest lies in the field of applied microeconometrics. He published in the areas of labour market, public health, agricultural production, nutrition, food security and household survey design.
Adrián Hernández Martín
Adrián Hernández Martín is an Economic Analyst of the Fiscal Policy Analysis team at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Currently he works on the development and maintenance of the European microsimulation model EUROMOD and contributes to the assessment of tax and benefit reforms in the context of the European Semester policy framework. Furthermore, he has contributed to several cross-country studies on inequality and poverty issues.
Before joining the JRC in November 2017, he worked as a fellow researcher at the Spanish Institute of Fiscal Studies (2014-2017), where he was involved in the evaluation of public policies.
Adrián holds a Msc in Applied Economics (2014) from the Complutense University of Madrid and from the University of Alcala.
His main research interests are on the field of public economics, focusing in particular on poverty, inequality and redistribution topics.
Viginta Ivaškaitė-Tamošiūnė is an economic analyst working in the Fiscal Policy Analysis unit at JRC-Seville. She carries out research and analysis in the area of public economy, with special focus on tax policies. She develops and uses microsimulation modelling tools to assess the impact of fiscal reforms affecting tax revenues, employment and disposable income in the EU Member States.
Before joining the JRC in 2015, Viginta worked as a researcher at the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), focusing on development of the Gender Equality Index. She has also worked at Vilnius University where she taught courses in the area of social policy and public economics. Over nine years Viginta was also working as a researcher at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre, where she conducted research in the areas of social policy and public economics. She also worked on the microsimulation model EUROMOD.
Viginta holds a PhD in Sociology (2013) and a Master degree in Social Policy (2006) from the Vilnius University (Lithuania).
Her main research interests are in the fields of public economics and social policy, with the focus on redistributive effects of taxes and benefits on inequality and poverty.
Sofia is a reseacher working in the Fiscal Policy Analysis team at the JRC-Seville. She works in the development of the EU tax-benefit microsimulator EUROMOD and carries out research and policy analysis in the area of fiscal policies, labour markets and inequality.
Before joining the JRC in 2019, Sofia worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on time-use, poverty and gender inequality; for the Presidency of Uruguay on fiscal policies, inequality and microsimulations and for PwC on macroeconomic and sectorial economic consulting. She has also research and teaching experience, mainly in macro, labour and inequality topics.
Sofia has a PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp (Belgium), a MSc degree in Economics and Business from the University of Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and a BA degree in Economics from the UdelaR (Universidad de la República, Uruguay).
Her main research interests are economic cycles, crises and welfare; unemployment and labour market mismatches; multidimensional poverty and inequality; microsimulation of tax benefits and evaluation of fiscal policies; perceptions/attitudes towards redistribution; time-use, unpaid labour and gender inequality.
Andrea Papini is an Economic Analyst of the Fiscal Policy Analysis team at the JRC-Seville. His research focuses on empirical public economics and tax-benefit microsimulation analysis.
Before joining the JRC-Seville in January 2019, he was a senior research officer at ISER, University of ESSEX.
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the department of economics at the University of Oslo. His doctoral thesis is titled "Three essays on Self-employment and taxation".
His research focuses on empirical public economics, in particular he is interested on the effects of tax-benefit systems and labour market institutions on income inequality and work incentives.
Fidel Picos is an economic analyst working in the Fiscal Policy Analysis team at JRC-Seville. He works in the area of tax-benefit policy, using microsimulation modelling tools to assess the impact of tax-benefit reforms in EU Member States. He also coordinates the technical support to Member States in the field of tax-benefit microsimulation.
He is an associate professor (on special leave) in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Vigo (Spain), where he has been teaching and doing research since 1999. He has also been a fellow researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Fiscales (IEF, Spanish Insitute for Fiscal Studies) and at the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration.
He holds an MsC in Economics and Business (1997) and a PhD in Economics (2003) from the University of Vigo.
His research is focused on the study of tax-benefit systems and their impact in terms of inequality, redistribution and poverty, using survey and administrative data together with microsimulation tools.
Mattia is an Economist working in the Fiscal Policy Analysis team at the JRC-Seville. His current work focuses on the area of fiscal policy and green taxation. Mattia is also part of the team working on the transfer of the microsimulation model EUROMOD from the University of Essex to the Commission.
Before joining the JRC in 2020, Mattia worked as Economic Advisor for the UK Communication Regulator (Ofcom) and for one of the UK Independent Fiscal Institutions (the Fiscal Commission). Mattia has also teaching experience in dynamic macroeconomics and introduction to economics.
Mattia holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Glasgow. He also holds a MRes in Economics from the University Carlos III (Madrid, Spain) and a BA in Economics from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy).
His main research interests focuses in the area of macroeconomics and fiscal policy.
Alberto Tumino works as an Economic Analyst at JRC-Seville, where he is member of the Fiscal Policy Analysis team. His current work focuses on the area of microsimulation and public economics. Alberto is also leading the team working on the transfer of the microsimulation model EUROMOD from the University of Essex to the Commission Services.
Before Joining the JRC in 2016, Alberto worked as a Senior Research Officer at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER, University of Essex, UK), where he was part of the team of researchers which developed and maintained the microsimulation model EUROMOD. He has also conducted research in the areas of labour economics and public economics.
Alberto obtained his PhD in Economics at the University of Essex in May 2017. His main research interests lie in the areas of labour economics and public economics.
Estefanía Vázquez Torres
Estefanía Vázquez Torres is a information systems officer working in the Fiscal Policy Analysis team at JRC – Seville. She works on the maintenance, updates and improvements of the EUROMOD software.
Previously she assisted the tax modelling researchers in the Fiscal Policy Analysis team at JRC for the use and preparation of fiscal data in support of tax policy recommendations. She also collaborated in the development and improvement of the web interface of the modelling tool EUROMOD.
Before that she worked as an IT expert at JRC-Seville where she participated in the analysis and development of some web tools and also provided technical support to the Scientific Units.
She holds a degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Seville.