Team

LIS Directors

Daniele Checchi

Daniele Checchi

Director
Email checchi@lisdatacenter.org

Daniele Checchi is an economist. He is Professor of Economics at the University of Milan in Italy, currently on leave from university duties, working at Italian National agency for the Evaluation of the University system. He holds a MA in Economic and Social Disciplines at Bocconi University (Milan), a M.Sc. degree in Economics at London School of Economics (London, UK) and a PhD in Economics awarded by University of Siena.

He also worked, among other duties, as consultant for the European Commission coordinating the Milan unit under the GINI project “Growing inequalities’ impacts” and was member, over the last five years, of several national committees appointed by the Italian Ministry of Labour.
As Director of the Luxembourg Office of LIS, he oversees all aspects of LIS’ work, including its administrative, management, development, and data production functions.

His research interests, published in journals like Economic Policy, Journal of Public Economics, European Sociological Review etc., span from inequalities in educational attainments to educational policies, from wage inequalities to the role of labour market institutions in shaping inequalities of opportunities.

Thierry Kruten

Thierry Kruten

Director of Operations and IT Director
Email kruten@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 466 644 59 52

Thierry Kruten is the Director of Operations. He holds an MSc in Economics and an MSc in Information Technology, both from the University of Nancy in France. Prior to his time at LIS, he worked as an independent consultant for Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), providing assistance in the development of the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), and he conducted organisation / IT projects for KPMG Advisory Luxembourg.

At LIS, he is responsible for managing IT operations and overseeing all operations in the Luxembourg office.

LIS Team

Caroline de Tombeur

Caroline de Tombeur

Administrator
Email admin@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 466 644 59 50

Caroline has been at LIS since its early years.

Teresa Munzi

Teresa Munzi

Data Team Manager and Research Associate
Email munzi@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 466 644 59 53

Teresa Munzi has a background in economics. She earned a degree in Economics from the University of Rome and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. Before coming to work at LIS in 2002, she served as an economist at the Economics Directorate of the European Commission in Brussels, at the Chief Economist Office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Investment in London, and at the UK Department for Education and Employment. At LIS, Teresa is mainly responsible for coordinating the work of LIS’ data team; in that role, she develops methodological guidelines, oversees harmonisation, and supports the data team in its daily tasks.

She also carries out research using the LIS data. Her research interests include the comparative study of welfare systems and their impact on poverty, inequality, and family well-being; and gender differences in employment and earnings.

Paul Alkemade

Paul Alkemade

Data Expert and Statistician
Email alkemade@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 466 644 59 54

Sarah Kostecki

Sarah Kostecki

Research Associate and Documentation Specialist
Email skostecki@gradcenter.cuny.edu
Sarah is a doctoral student in Political Science at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY). At LIS, she works on the Institutional Documentation of the LIS Database.

Laurie Maldonado

Laurie Maldonado

Predoctoral Scholar
Email maldonado@lisdatacenter.org
Laurie is a doctoral student in Social Welfare at UCLA, and is a recipient of the Predoctoral Grant by the Luxembourg National Research Fund.

Jörg Neugschwender

Jörg Neugschwender

Data Quality Coordinator and Research Associate
Email neugschwender@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 466 644 59 58

Jörg is an economic sociologist. In May 2016, he defended his doctoral dissertation on Pension Systems and Income Inequality among the Elderly in Europe at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim, Germany.

Before joining the LIS data team in 2011, he worked as a Research Associate in a research project on governance of supplementary pension systems across Europe (GOSPE).

Heba Omar

Heba Omar

Data Expert
Email omar@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 466 644 59 57

Heba holds a master’s degree in Biostatistics and Demography on the topic of The Development of the Multidimensional Poverty Indices from the Institute of Statistical Studies and Research at Cairo University, Egypt.

Before joining the LIS data team, she worked as a Senior Statistician at the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Egypt and as Individual Consultant for the UNDP Regional Centre for the Arab States in Cairo.

Piotr Paradowski

Piotr Paradowski

Data Expert and Research Associate
Email paradowski@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 466 644 59 51

Piotr Paradowski is a political economist. He has comprehensive knowledge of quantitative social science methods, including panel data analysis, survival analysis, multilevel models, and categorical and limited dependent variables models. At LIS, he serves as a member of the data staff; he also conducts research using the LIS data.

Piotr conducts interdisciplinary research with the focus on income and wealth distributions as they relate to economic inequality, welfare state politics, and voting behaviour.

Carmen Petrovici

Carmen Petrovici

Data Expert and Research Associate
Email petrovici@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 466 644 59 55

Carmen is a social policy analyst specialised in labour market. She holds a PhD from Tilburg University, The Netherlands, Faculty of Social Sciences, Methodology and Statistics department and has a background in comparative social policy (MA in International Social Policy Analysis from Leuven University, Belgium), public policy and governance as well as political sciences.

Her research is focusing on labour market participation from a gender perspective, institutional, life course and cultural determinants of the labour market participation in later life and early retirement from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.

Senior Scholars

Conchita D’Ambrosio

Conchita D’Ambrosio

Senior Scholar, LIS
Email conchita.dambrosio@uni.lu

Conchita D’Ambrosio is Professor of Economics at the University of Luxembourg. She is an economist, with a Ph.D. from New York University (2000). Her research interests have revolved around the study of individual and social well-being. She has published in Economica, International Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Social Choice and Welfare, the Review of Income and Wealth among other academic journals.

Louis Chauvel

Louis Chauvel

Senior Scholar, LIS
Email louis.chauvel@uni.lu

Louis Chauvel is a French sociologist, Professor at the University of Luxembourg and winner of the Chair PEARL “Programme Excellence for Award of Research in Luxembourg” on social welfare, income and wealth and social change in a comparative perspective. He is the author of Le destin des générations, structure sociale et cohortes en France du XXe siècle aux années 2010, and various articles that have appeared in journals such as Social Forces, and Review of Income and Wealth.

Daniele Checchi

Daniele Checchi

Senior Scholar, LIS
Email checchi@lisdatacenter.org

Daniele Checchi is Professor of Economics at the University of Milan in Italy, currently on leave from university duties, working at Italian National agency for the Evaluation of the University system and serves as Director of the Luxembourg Office of LIS. His research interests, published in journals like Economic Policy, Journal of Public Economics, European Sociological Review etc., span from inequalities in educational attainments to educational policies, from wage inequalities to the role of labour market institutions in shaping inequalities of opportunities.

Frank Cowell

Frank Cowell

Senior Scholar, LIS
Email f.cowell@lse.ac.uk

Frank Cowell is Professor of Economics at Suntory & Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, at London School of Economics. His research interests focus on the underlying principles of inequality measurement and its relation to welfare economics, as well as distributional analysis, and information theory. He has published several books at Cambridge University Press, and various research articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Economic Surveys, Social Choice and Welfare, and Research on Economic Inequality.

Janet C. Gornick

Janet C. Gornick

Senior Scholar, LIS
Email jgornick@gc.cuny.edu

Janet Gornick is Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY) in the United States. She has held various positions at LIS for over twenty-five years, and has served as Director from 2006 to 2016. She is currently the director of the Stone Center and of the US Office of LIS at The Graduate Center of CUNY. Her numerous articles have been published in several journals, including American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, Journal of European Social Policy, Feminist Economics, and Monthly Labor Review.

Markus Jäntti

Markus Jäntti

Senior Scholar, LIS
Email markus.jantti@sofi.su.se
Tel +46 8 162645

Markus Jäntti is Professor of Economics at the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University in Sweden. He holds a PhD in Economics from Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. He was LIS’ Research Director from 2005 to 2014. His current research centers on income and wealth inequality, and poverty and socio-economic mobility, with a focus on cross-national comparisons. He is especially interested in the importance of family background in the distribution of economic resources.

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman

Senior Scholar, LIS
Email pkrugman@gc.cuny.edu

Paul Krugman is a Distinguished Scholar at the Stone Center. Before joining the Graduate Center in New York, Krugman was professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. In 2008, he was the sole recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade theory. In 2011, his blog, “The Conscience of a Liberal”, was ranked number one of The 25 Best Financial Blogs by Time magazine.

Leslie McCall

Leslie McCall

Senior Scholar, LIS

Leslie McCall will join the Graduate Center faculty in January 2017. She will also become the Associate Director of the Stone Center.

Branko Milanovic

Branko Milanovic

Senior Scholar, LIS
Email bmilanovic@gc.cuny.edu

Branko Milanovic is a leading scholar on income inequality who joined The Graduate Center as Visiting Presidential Professor and Senior Scholar in the Stone Center. Before coming to the LIS Center, he was Lead Economist in the World Bank’s research department. He is the author of The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality and numerous articles on the global income distribution.

LIS Directors Emeriti

Lee Rainwater

Lee Rainwater

Founder and Research Director Emeritus

Tim Smeeding

Tim Smeeding

Founder and Director Emeritus