Forum 2020 Series: International Cooperation and Vaccines


Mark Pearson

Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs


Mark Pearson is Deputy-Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Mr. Pearson works with the Director to provide leadership in the co-ordination and management of the activities of ELS and ensure that it is at the forefront of the international social and employment agenda. He is closely involved in identifying challenges and developing ways in which the OECD can help economies foster comprehensive, effective and innovative employment and social policies to promote inclusive and sustainable growth, high employment rates - including of women and youth - and address issues of poverty and social exclusion. In 2009 he became Head of the Health Division where the central focus of work has been on how to deliver health care with greater efficiency, including putting much more effort into prevention of obesity and harmful use of alcohol. He gave evidence to the US Senate on ‘Obamacare’, and has been on a panel advising the Chinese government on its health reforms. Prior to this, he headed up work on social policy at the OECD for many years, giving policy advice to governments on how best to integrate income transfers with social and employment services. Mark has written a number of books for the OECD, including Growing Unequal?; Making Work Pay; the Caring World; a series of studies of social assistance policies (The Battle against Exclusion), and of family policies (Babies and Bosses). He initiated the renewal of the OECD social indicators programme and designed frameworks for international monitoring of benefit policies and pensions. He initiated a cross-cutting initiative on gender statistics and gender policies across the OECD. He has written a number of other books on tax policies, environmental policies and education and work, and journal articles on all the above topics as well as disability policies, the relationship between inequality and growth, projections of health and social expenditures and the interactions between tax and benefit systems. Before joining the OECD, Mr. Pearson was employed by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, and he has been a consultant for the World Bank, the IMF and the European Commission.