LIS, the Early Years
A half-hour video about the creation of LIS, including interviews with key people involved in its creation – Lee Rainwater, Robert Erikson, Tim Smeeding, Serge Allegrezza, Marc Cigrang, and John Coder.
Our mission is to enable, facilitate, promote, and conduct cross-national comparative research on socio-economic outcomes and on the institutional factors that shape those outcomes.
LIS at a Glance
LIS, formerly known as The Luxembourg Income Study, is a data archive and research center dedicated to cross-national analysis and is home to two databases:
- The Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS) is the largest available income database of harmonised microdata collected from about 50 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Australasia spanning five decades.
- The Luxembourg Wealth Study Database (LWS), is the only cross-national wealth microdatabase in existence.
The main office of LIS, located in Esch-Belval (Luxembourg) and directed by Professor Daniele Checchi, houses a team of professionals who perform the essential roles of the organisation: data acquisition, harmonisation; documentation; technical and user support; instruction; and core administration. Many of the staff conduct research using the LIS and LWS microdata.
The US Office of LIS is a satellite, contained within the new Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality and located at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (US). Directed by Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology at CUNY, the office plays a key role in LIS’ fundraising – especially with respect to funding bodies located within the US.
Who We Are
LIS is a non-profit organisation registered in Luxembourg, with an international Board of Directors. Funders, data providers and other contributors to LIS are eligible to become members of the Board of Directors. Additionally, there is an Advisory Board, comprised of individuals invited to advise the organisation and its directors. LIS is fortunate to profit from the participation of the Advisory Board members at our regular board meetings. As LIS was envisioned with an international cooperative model of governance, the Board members are charged with upholding this model while promoting LIS on an international level.
LIS also benefits from a Local Advisory Board that is comprised of individuals from the Luxembourg community who share a synergy with LIS and serve to promote LIS within Luxembourg.
LIS’ daily operations are guided by two directors:
- Daniele Checchi, Professor of Economics in the University of Milan (Italy), as Director oversees all aspects of LIS’ work. Currently on leave from university duties, he also works at Italian National agency for the Evaluation of the University system.
- Thierry Kruten, is the Director of Operations. At LIS, he is responsible for managing IT operations and overseeing all operations in the Luxembourg office.