The ESADE Alumni Public Management Club invites you to a roundtable discussion entitled "Challenges Facing our Welfare State: Sustainability and Reforms. The Reform of Social Security".
The current recession has pushed to the forefront the need to adopt policies of reform in various areas. One of these areas is related to the sustainability of essential public services associated with our model of the welfare state. This issue is controversial due to its impact on social cohesion and citizens’ quality of life.
Through its benefits - pensions, mainly - Social Security is one of the pillars of the welfare state. What are the challenges Social Security is currently facing? Are our pensions sustainable? Is reform coming at an opportune time? What are the costs and benefits of reform?
Speakers: Octavio Granado, Secretary of State for Social Security Jesús Ruiz-HuertaCarbonell, Professor of Economics at Rey Juan Carlos University
Octavio Granado holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Letters from the University of Valladolid and is a qualified secondary-school teacher. He was a member of the Spanish Senate from 1983 to 2001, representing the legislative body of Castile and León. He has chaired or served as spokesman for the Socialist group on various parliamentary committees: economy, budget, health and social services, drugs, etc. In the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), he served as a member of the Regional Executive Committee for Castile and León until 2000, and at various times he has coordinated groups working on autonomous-community financing, social services, and other issues. At the last PSOE Congress, he was appointed to the Federal Executive Committee in the capacity of Federal Secretary for Economy and Employment. He is the author of various publications about the provision of public services in the areas of the healthcare system, healthcare financing, school failure, job placement, autonomous-committee financing, and the Spanish Social Security system. Since March 2004, he has served as Secretary of State for Social Security in the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Immigration.
Jesús Ruiz-Huerta Carbonell
Doctor in Law and Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Jesús Ruiz-Huerta Carbonell is currently Professor of Applied Economics (Public Finance) at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, and has also been a professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the University of Salamanca, where he was appointed Vice-Dean of Economics, Planning and Investments. What is more, for several years he directed the Department of Public Policies at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset. Ruiz-Huerta has also held several top-ranking posts, including General Manager between 2004 and 2008, at the Institute of Fiscal Studies, which forms part of the Spanish Treasury Department. He has directed sixteen doctoral theses and published many works in various formats. His specialist areas are the analysis of the economic impact of public actions, including the study of public policies, income distribution and redistribution and the decentralisation of government activity.