Welcoming Elsa Fornero, the Italian economist as the keynote speaker for the Freedom and Need event, which is the third meeting in the Lessons on Freedom series.
The four part Lessons on Freedom series is dedicated to the ideas of freedom, explored through different perspectives.
Following Fornero’s lecture, former University of Padua Rector and Italian Economist Gilberto Muraro is welcomed to the stage. The meeting concludes with readings by the students of the school of the Teatro Verdi.
To participate, registration for the event is required.
Organized to celebrate the University’s 800th Anniversary, each meeting from the Lessons on Freedom series is held on Sunday mornings in March at Padua’s Teatro Verdi.
Elsa Fornero received an honorary professorship in Economics from the University of Turin, where she held the chair of Political Economics until 2018. She is also an honorary senior fellow at Collegio Carlo Albert and Scientific Coordinator of the Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies (CeRP). Fornero is a member of the Academy of Europe; Vice President of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE); Vice-Chairwoman of The European Savings Institute (OEE); Research Member Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Advisory Council Member of the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center; and Research Fellow at several European research institutions.
She is welcomed as a keynote speaker for numerous events as well as a columnist for La Stampa and a regular television commentator. Fornero carried out the social security and labour market reforms as Italian Minister of Labour, Social Policies, and Gender Equality under the Monti Cabinet (2011 to 2013) and was appointed as a member of the Steering Committee for the economic policy of Palazzo Chigi in 2021.
Her research activities focus on saving behaviours of households and in social security with special attention on the effects of demographic ageing, life insurance, retirement choices, welfare systems and reforms, and labour market reforms. She has recently dedicated herself to basic financial education as a tool to help individuals make choices throughout all stages of life and as a prerequisite for the better functioning of democracy.