About LIS

Our Mission

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.

LIS is home to two databases, the Luxembourg Income Study Database, and the Luxembourg Wealth Study Database.

The Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS),  under constant expansion, is the largest available database of harmonised microdata collected from multiple countries over a period of decades. The newer Luxembourg Wealth Study Database (LWS), is the only cross-national wealth microdatabase in existence.

The main office of LIS, located in Luxembourg, houses the LIS and LWS Databases, and 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 also conduct research using the LIS microdata.

The New York City office is a satellite located at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY), and is home to LIS Director Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology at CUNY. With a small staff, this satellite office is engaged in development work, graduate student instruction, and research.

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.

Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, is Director of LIS in Luxembourg as well as Director of the LIS Center at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York.

Markus Jäntti, Professor of Economics at Stockholm University’s Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), is Research Director of LIS.