|Minister of Labor, Social Policies and Gender Equality|
16 November 2011 – 28 April 2013
|Prime Minister||Mario Monti|
|Preceded by||Maurizio Sacconi|
|Succeeded by||Enrico Giovannini|
|Born||7 May 1948|
Prior to becoming minister, Fornero was economics professor at the University of Turin. She is an expert in welfare and pensions. From 2000 to 2010, she worked together with the Turin Centre on the Italian pension system. She served as the director of the Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies. She was also vice president of Intesa Sanpaolo bank's supervisory board. She was non executive independent director of Buzzi Unicem from 2008 to November 2011.
She was appointed minister of labor, social policies and gender equality on 16 November 2011, replacing Maurizio Sacconi in the post. In December 2011, shortly after her appointment, she cried publicly while she was presenting new austerity measures.
She was accused by many (journalists, media and politicians belonging to opposition parties) of acting with a snobbish attitude towards the problems of common people during the present years of economic crisis. Quite famous was her statement that job would not be nowadays a right anymore  (while Italian Constitution mentions it as that, at the IV article) and the frequent sneaks-off when she was confronted with questions on figures on unemployment and on those issues that her reforms of the job market and pension schemes are supposed to have worsened.
- Faculty webpage
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- "Buzzi Unicem SpA: New Director appointed". Buzzi Unicem. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
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- 'Italy's Welfare Minister Elsa Fornero Cries As She Reveals Austerity Cuts' Felicity Morse Huffington Post, 5 December 2011
- "Transcript: Italy's Labor Minister on Reforms". The Wall Street Journal. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- "Governo Italiano - La costituzione". Italian Government. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
|Minister of Labor, Social Policies and Gender Equality
2011 – 2013