Highlights

New York Times launches new site, The Upshot, with study based on LIS data

All of us at LIS are delighted that the New York Times (NYT) chose to launch their exciting new venture — The Upshot — with an extensive report, Losing the Lead, based on the LIS data. The Upshot, led by Pulitzer Prize winning economics journalist David Leonhardt, premiered today. The NYT report includes additional information about the data and a note on the process that led them to LIS.

At the request of the NYT, a team at LIS — Janet Gornick, Thierry Kruten, and Branko Milanovic — produced entirely new results, drawing on 164 LIS datasets from 23 countries, covering the period 1979 to 2010. The NYT-LIS study deals with the distribution and growth of household income across countries.

The detailed results underlying the NYT report are available in a new database, known as the “LIS/New York Times Income Distribution Database.” This database is for public use; if used it should be cited by its full name. All results are based on the standard LIS variable, disposable household income (DHI), which includes income from wages, self-employment, and capital, plus social transfers, minus direct taxes paid. Our team produced the results in three formats (per capita, per equivalent unit, per household) and in two different currency measures (national currencies and 2005 international dollars).  As explained in their report, the NYT converted the 2005 international dollars to 2014 international dollars, using the U.S. Consumer Price Index.

The file contains five sheets:
1 definitions
2 income at different percentiles of the distribution, in national currencies
3 mean income by decile, in national currencies
4 income at different percentiles of the distribution, in 2005 international dollars
5 mean income by decile, in 2005 international dollars

April 22, 2014 | Highlight

Paul Krugman to Join LIS Team

Dear LIS Colleagues and Friends,

It is with distinct pleasure that I am sharing exciting news from the LIS Center, our satellite office at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Noted American economist Paul Krugman, 2008 winner of the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, and a keynote speaker at the 2010 LIS Conference on Inequality and the Middle Class, will be taking up a position as Distinguished Scholar in the LIS Center, effective July 2014.

In August 2015, Professor Krugman will leave his current post as professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and will join the faculty of the PhD Program in Economics at the Graduate Center. He will be nominated for the position of distinguished professor, CUNY’s highest honor.

Professor Krugman will be based in New York City and will continue both his biweekly opinion column in the New York Times, and his uncommonly popular New York Times-based blog, “The Conscience of a Liberal.” He announced his decision in a blog post today krugman.blogs.nytimes.com.

Paul Krugman’s appointment to the LIS Center underscores LIS’ and the Graduate Center’s engagement in the growing international public conversation about socio-economic inequality. Tony Atkinson applauded the news and invited me to share his excitement with you: “As President of LIS, I greatly welcome Paul Krugman’s attachment with the work of the LIS Center.” LIS founding director Timothy Smeeding was similarly pleased. “I know that Paul will make good use of the LIS data as he studies and writes about real world problems.”

Paul Krugman will join LIS’ growing roster of senior scholars, which now includes Professors Louis Chauvel and Conchita D’Ambrosio, at the University of Luxembourg, and Professor Branko Milanovic, based at the LIS Center in New York City. All of us at LIS are delighted to welcome him to the LIS team!

Janet Gornick

Director

February 28, 2014 | Highlight

2014 LIS Introductory Summer Workshop

The next LIS Introductory Summer Workshop will be held 29 June – 5 July 2014, at the University of Luxembourg campus.

The winner of the 2014 Aldi Hagenaars Award will be invited to present his or her paper.

Our annual Summer Lecture will also be taking place that week.

2014 Workshop Application – deadline is 1 April 2014

Participants are responsible for their own tuition and transportation to and from Luxembourg. The €1,500 tuition covers instructional materials, single-occupancy accommodations, and full board.

January 31, 2014 | Highlight

Watch Video From Income Inequality Book Launch, Moderated by Branko Milanovic

Watch the video of the panel and discussion from the November 4th book launch. The discussion and Q&A ran about one and a half hours.

Editors Janet Gornick and Markus Jäntti present  Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries with contributing authors.

Moderated by Branko Milanovic, expert on global income inequality.

November 4, 2013 | Highlight

Publication of New LIS Book, Edited by Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jäntti

Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries
Edited by Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jäntti
Stanford University Press

This state-of-the-art volume presents comparative, empirical research on a topic that has long preoccupied scholars, politicians, and everyday citizens: economic inequality. While income and wealth inequality across all populations is the primary focus, the contributions to this book pay special attention to the middle class, a segment often not addressed in inequality literature. The research also casts important light on how economic inequality affects and is affected by gender disparities, labour markets, institutions, and politics.

Written by leading scholars in the field of economic inequality, all 17 chapters draw on microdata from the databases of LIS, an esteemed cross-national data center based in Luxembourg. Using LIS data to structure a comparative approach, the contributors paint a complex portrait of inequality across affluent countries at the beginning of the 21st century. The volume also trail-blazes new research into inequality in countries newly entering the LIS databases, including Japan, Iceland, India, and South Africa.

“This is one of the most important books on inequality published in the past decade. Focusing on what has happened to the middle class since the 1980s, during a period of substantial economic and political restructuring, this volume’s remarkable insights and influence will span disciplines.”

—Jason Beckfield, Harvard University

To purchase this book, click here.

June 21, 2013 | Highlight

Holly Sutherland to give 2013 Summer Lecture: “Who Pays for Austerity?…”

Holly Sutherland, Research Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, and Director of EUROMOD, will give the 2013 LIS Summer Lecture: “Who Pays for Austerity? The Design and Distributional Effects of Fiscal Consolidation in the European Union.” The public lecture will be on July 2, at the Neumünster Abbaye, in Luxembourg.

June 12, 2013 | Highlight

Tony Atkinson in conversation with Paul Krugman, moderated by Chrystia Freeland

On May 20, 2013, LIS Board President Tony Atkinson and Paul Krugman engaged in a public conversation at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Professors Atkinson and Krugman – two of the world’s preeminent economists – discussed the complex links between inequality and economic growth, instability, and mobility.

The conversation was moderated by Chrystia Freeland, Managing Director and Editor, Consumer News at Thomson Reuters. The evening was introduced by Graduate Center President William Kelly, and LIS Director Janet Gornick.

The sold-out event attracted a live audience of several hundred and was also live-streamed. The U.S. office of LIS was delighted to co-sponsor this exciting event with the Graduate Center’s Advanced Research Collaborative.

May 20, 2013 | Highlight

2013 LIS Introductory Summer Workshop

The next LIS Introductory Summer Workshop will be held 30 June – 7 July 2013, at the University of Luxembourg campus.

The winners of the 2013 Aldi Hagenaars Award and the winner of the 2013 World Bank/LIS Gender Research Award will be invited to present their papers.

Our annual Summer Lecture will also be taking place that week.

2013 Workshop Application – deadline is 15 March 2013

Participants are responsible for their own tuition and transportation to and from Luxembourg. The €1,400 tuition covers instructional materials, single-occupancy accommodations, and full board.

December 22, 2012 | Highlight