Elsa Fornero is Professor of Economics at the University of Turin, Department of Business and Economics; Scientific Coordinator of CeRP – Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies (http://www.cerp.carloalberto.org), the first center devoted to research on pensions in Italy, which she started in 1999; Honorary Fellow of Collegio Carlo Alberto (www.carloalberto.org), a prominent Italian research institution; Research Fellow of Netspar - Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (www.netspar.nl); Member of the Scientific Council of the Observatoire de l'Epargne Européenne, (www.oee.fr); Member of the Advisory Group New Pact for Europe (Brussels).
She is the author of many publications about public and private pension systems, pension reforms, population aging, household saving, retiring choices and life insurance.
She has been an op-ed writer for the Italian economic daily Il Sole-24 ore.On behalf of the World Bank, in the early 2000s, she assessed the pension systems of Russia, Latvia, Macedonia and Albania.
She served as Minister of Labor, Social Policies and Equal Opportunities in Italy’s “technocratic” government (16 Nov. 2011- 28 April 2013) and in this capacity conceived and drafted the pension reform and labor market reform (approved by Parliament at the end of 2011 and mid 2012 respectively) that, by altering the medium and long term structure of Italian public finance and labor market, were fundamental to the subsequent lifting of the EU excessive deficit procedure against Italy and to a process of long term rebalancing of economic relationships between generations, from the middle aged to the younger ones.
She has now returned to academic life, where she has been granted a sabbatical, devoted to conferences and the organization of new research at an international level.