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Australia 2008 and 2010 added to the LIS Database

Two new datasets from Australia, AU08 and AU10 (Waves VII & VIII), have been added to the LIS Database. The AU08 dataset is from the 2007-2008 Survey of Income and Housing (SIH), while the AU10 dataset is from the 2009-2010 integrated Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) and Household Expenditure Survey (HES), both provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In addition, the whole Australian series (Waves I to VI) has been revised for consistency. See Revision Notes for details.

November 26, 2014 | Data

France 2010 added to the LIS Database

The latest dataset from France, FR10 (Wave VIII), has been added to the LIS Database. The dataset is based on the 2010-2011 Household Budget Survey (Enquête Budget de Famille), and is provided by the National Statistical Office (INSEE).

In addition, FR84, FR89, FR94, FR00 and FR05 (Waves II to VI) have been revised for consistency. See Revision Notes for details.

November 26, 2014 | Data

Minor template revision and complete database rerun

During the process of preparing the launch of LIS’ new Wave IX, LIS made some minor adjustments to the current template (i.e., the set of LIS variables and definitions). The changes mostly concerned the clarification of variable and value labels, and the standardization of three labour market variables which were previously dataset-specific (TEN1_C, TEN2_C and EMPSTA_C have become TEN1YR, TEN2YR and EMPSTA).

All of these changes have been applied retroactively to the entire LIS Database. At the same time, some data cleaning has been carried out, including the elimination of cases of (categorical) variables with unlabeled codes. Please note that the income variables have not been affected by these changes, and thus no changes have been made to the Key Figures. See Revision Notes for details.

November 26, 2014 | Data

Data from Iceland are now available in the LIS Database

We are excited to announce that we have added a new country to the LIS Database. Three datasets from Iceland, IS04 (Wave VI), IS07 (Wave VII) and IS10 (Wave VIII), are now available. The datasets are from the Survey of Income and Living Conditions from Statistics Iceland.

June 18, 2014 | Data

Denmark 2007, 2010 added to LIS Database

Two new datasets from Denmark, DK07 (Wave VII) and DK10 (Wave VIII), have been added to the LIS Database. The datasets are from the Law Model of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Interior, which is based on data from Statistics Denmark.

In addition, DK95, DK00 DK04 (Waves IV- VI) have been revised for consistency.

June 18, 2014 | Data

Brazil 2009, 2011 added to LIS Database

Two new datasets from Brazil, BR09 and BR11 (both Wave VIII), have been added to the LIS Database. The datasets are from the 2009 and 2011 data of the National Household Sample Survey from the Brazilian Geographical and Statistical Institute.

In addition, BR06 (Wave VII)  has been revised using updated Census weights.

June 18, 2014 | Data

Norway 2007, 2010 added to LIS Database

Two new datasets from Norway, NO07 (Wave VII) and NO10 (Wave VIII), have been added to the LIS Database. The datasets are from the 2007 and 2010 data of the Household Income Statistics from Statistics Norway.

In addition, NO95, NO00, and NO04 (Waves IV – VI) have been revised for consistency.

June 18, 2014 | Data

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 | Data

Spain 1985 Added to LIS Database

A new dataset from Spain, ES85 (Wave II), has been added to the LIS Database. The dataset is from the Household Budget Continuous Survey and is provided by the National Statistical Institute.

In addition, ES80 (Wave I) and ES90 (Wave III) have been revised for consistency.

April 3, 2014 | Data

Taiwan 2007, 2010 Added to LIS Database

Two new datasets from Taiwan, TW07 (Wave VII) and TW10 (Wave VIII), have been added to the LIS Database. The datasets are from the Survey of Family Income and Expenditure (Taiwan area) and are provided by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.

In addition, TW97, TW00, and TW05 (Waves IV – VI) have been revised for consistency.

April 3, 2014 | Data