The project is focused on the social security system: the financing, the mechanisms for alleviating risks and the possibilities for influencing the behaviour of people through regulative measures. The examined social risks include ageing, unemployment, illness and inability to work (the risks involved with the birth and raising of children are not examined).

This research is not a typical problem-solve research. An overview is given which problems can be solved with specific policy scenarios, but no clearly defined opinions are presented on which specific changes should be made to solve the current and forecasted problems.

The research was commissioned by the Ministry of Finance in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Estonian Health Insurance Fund, the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, the Estonian Insurance Association, the Bank of Estonia, the Estonian Trade Union Confederation and the Estonian Employers’ Confederation. The research was co-financed by the European Social Fund.

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