Upcoming Expert Workshop in Luxembourg, 16-18 March 2016

Data visualisation and outreach to stakeholders


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We are pleased to announce that we are organizing, conjointly with TÁRKI Social Research Institute, an expert workshop on data visualisation and outreach to stakeholders.

Today, there is great demand for information that is interpretable to a wide range of stakeholders, including governments, policy-makers, media, NGOs, and the corporate world. The workshop will assess both content and tools aimed at making data and research findings, related to poverty and living conditions, accessible to audiences outside conventional research communities.

Sessions at the workshop will assess what these various stakeholders want and need in order to engage in effective evidence-based decision-­making. Through a combination of presentations and group discussions, the workshop will consider strategies for designing optimal content as well as effective dissemination tools, including online table­making, data visualisation, research and policy briefs, public events, and various forms of e-learning.

The LIS team will present some new data offerings as a way to illustrate some of these questions and challenges. Our colleagues from TÁRKI will present the IPOLIS (Integrated Poverty and Living Conditions Indicator System) monitoring database, together with the beta-version of the visualisation tool attached to it. IPOLIS is conceived to serve as a resource for various user groups (researchers, policy-makers at different levels, NGO experts, journalists, students, etc.) to monitor the situation of children, youth and elderly in the field of poverty, living conditions and quality of life.

For potential applicants

The workshop is targeting visualisation experts, researchers, policy-makers, data journalists, NGOs, and field experts from the corporate world. Participants shall indicate in their application whether they intend to present at the workshop, or to intervene in the focused discussions.

For presenters, we encourage submission of 1-­page discussion notes (or a relevant paper) that deal with issues that are commonly addressed with simulation and visualisation tools. Discussion points could potentially include ideas on how LIS and other research and data organisations can convert knowledge into forms and products that are ‘digestible’ to practitioners and other non-researchers. Or consider what tools and instruments are most effective for data dissemination once the infor­mation has been rendered interpretable by audiences that are not expert in either research or data.

We invite discussants to submit a short statement explaining exactly what their interest is with respect to the large question at hand. These statements will be used as the basis of discussions that will take place following the formal presentations. The workshop will be structured so as to allow ample time for discussion and feedback, in each session.

How to apply

Applications shall be submitted no later than 17 January 2016. Criteria for selection will include quality, originality, and relevance. International contributions are welcome. Please submit your statement/discussion notes through the online application form. Applicants will be informed soon after the submission deadline about acceptance of their abstract (first week of February 2016).

Apply here

About InGRID

The InGRID project, which runs from 2013 to 2017, brings together 17 academic partners from Europe. The project aims to integrate and optimise the existing European data infrastructure and accompanying expertise, through joint research, the organisation of expert workshops and summer/winter schools, as well as a Visiting Scholar progam that promotes transnational access to research infrastructures.

For more information, contact

December 10, 2015 | News

Marshall Auerback and Branko Milanovic discuss income inequality

This discussion between Marshall Auerback of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and Branko Milanovic of the Luxembourg Income Study Center offers a great insight into global income inequality in the 21st century.

Watch the complete footage here:

November 30, 2015 | News

Minor template revision and complete database rerun

Because of our ongoing vocation to always improve the data, we made some minor adjustments to the labour market section of the current template (i.e., the set of LIS variables and definitions).

What did we change?

  • We revised the codes and associated value labels of variables SECTOR1/2, EMPWANT, and, to a lesser extent, CLFS;
  • We introduced two new variables to fit the new ISIC Rev.4 / NACE Rev. 2 industry classification (INDD1/2);
  • We removed variable PEXP. Most original datasets did not contain relevant information allowing us to construct the variable. Hence, we decided to discontinue the provision of PEXP.

Please note that the changes were applied retroactively to the entire LIS Database.

In addition, we carried out a substantial data cleaning, which impacted the coding of variables CLFS, CMAS, UMAS, MILIT and EMP for some datasets, as well as the coding of consumption variables for datasets released before 2011.

The income variables, however, have not been affected by any of these changes. Consequently, no changes were made to the Key Figures.

See Revision Notes for details.

October 1, 2015 | Highlight

LIS is hiring!

LIS seeks applications for 2 positions (2-year contracts)

#1. Microdata Expert supporting STATEC

Your mission

The position involves supporting the National Statistical Office of Luxembourg (STATEC) in producing the national EU-SILC data and using the EU-SILC data for research on diverse socio-economic outcomes. Opportunities for carrying out research projects using the LIS data are available if desired.

Your profile

  • The successful candidate will have a MA in statistics, sociology, economics, demography, or another social science. Familiarity with the EU-SILC data and the commonly agreed EU indicators is a strong asset.
  • Extensive experience with microdata using standard statistical software (preferably SAS) is required, as is attention to detail.
  • Command of spoken French is required. Luxembourgish is an asset.

#2. Microdata Expert joining the LIS Team

Your mission

The position involves joining the LIS data team in producing harmonized datasets. This includes evaluating the original datasets structure and quality (possibly working with data providers), harmonizing original variables, documenting harmonization methods and dataset specificities, assisting and instructing users.

Your profile

  • The successful candidate will have a BA or a MA in statistics, sociology, economics, demography, or another social science.
  • Extensive experience working with large micro datasets.
  • Knowledge of STATA is required; knowledge of SAS and/or R is an asset, as is experience working with the LIS data.
  • Excellent command of English is required, other languages are an asset.
  • Strong quantitative skills, abilities to pay attention to detail and to work closely within a team in a cooperative way.


Applicants should submit a cover letter and a Curriculum Vitae to Caroline de Tombeur,, or mail to:

Caroline de Tombeur
LIS: Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
5e étage
11, porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-Belval

Applications will be reviewed immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

September 30, 2015 | News

Summer Workshop

Now that LIS has moved, we are considering new opportunities on-site for conference venues, accommodations and class rooms, to organize future workshops.

We’ll update this section as soon as we have further information, so stay tuned!

September 13, 2015 | News

Carsten Schröder succeeds Gert Wagner as board member

Carsten Schröder, deputy head of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin and Professor at the Free University of Berlin, was elected at the last meeting of the LIS Board in Luxembourg to succeed Gert G. Wagner as board member. Tony Atkinson continues to serve as President of the Board.

German data from SOEP has been part of the LIS database since 1985. Carsten Schröder said “We will expand the service to the scientific community to enable even more high-quality comparative research”.

August 6, 2015 | News

Tony Atkinson honoured for inequality and economic growth research

LIS is proud to share the news that our Board President, Tony Atkinson, has been awarded the 2015 EIB Prize for excellence in economic and social research.

Tony has worked on inequality and poverty issues for more than forty years. His latest book Inequality: What can be done? was published in May 2015.

Werner Hoyer, EIB President, will present the award in November in Luxembourg, where Tony will deliver a lecture on his work.

August 5, 2015 | News

Stephen P. Jenkins to give 2015 LIS Summer lecture

Stephen P. Jenkins, Professor of Economic and Social Policy at the London School of Economics, Visiting Professor at the University of Essex, and a Research Fellow at IZA, will give the 2015 LIS Summer Lecture: “To what extent has income inequality increased? Some data issues”. The public lecture takes place on July 13, at the University of Luxembourg’s Kirchberg Campus.

Stephen Jenkins has examined trends in inequality and poverty, income mobility and poverty dynamics, labour supply and social security benefit receipt. Stephen’s most recent books are The Great Recession and the Distribution of Household Incomes (co-edited with A. Brandolini, J. Micklewright and B. Nolan), and Changing Fortunes: Income Mobility and Poverty Dynamics in Britain.

Stephen is a former president of the European Society for Population Economics, and of the International Association for Research on Income and Wealth. Stephen is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Inequality since February 2014. He was a founding Council member of the ECINEQ and drafted the statutes of the society.

Professor Jenkins will be introduced by LIS Executive Committee member Serge Allegrezza, and LIS Director Janet Gornick.

Additional information will follow after the lecture. Stay tuned for more!

July 13, 2015 | News

Markus Jäntti

Markus JänttiMarkus Jäntti stepped down as LIS Research Director, at the end of 2014. In July 2015, the LIS Board unanimously passed this resolution: “The LIS board thanks Markus Jäntti for ten years of exemplary service to LIS, and wishes him well in all future endeavors.”

We know that Markus will remain involved with LIS in various ways, and we look forward to working with him for years to come.

July 12, 2015 | News

We mourn the loss of Lee Rainwater

Lee Rainwater

January 7, 1928 – July 4, 2015

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Lee Rainwater, on July 4, 2015. Lee co-founded LIS in 1983 and – with his beloved friend and colleague Tim Smeeding – advised and guided LIS for over two decades, until his retirement in 2005.

Lee was a courageous and innovative sociologist, and a generous and patient teacher. Although he was extremely modest – famously so – he often spoke in his later years of how proud he was of LIS, frequently saying that building LIS was his greatest accomplishment. He was a mentor to many of us, and his pride in LIS lifts us up during this sad time. We send our condolences to Lee’s wife Carol, who will always remain a member of the LIS family, and to his daughter Katherine and son Jon.

A fuller tribute will follow.

In the meantime, we invite you to remember Lee here, as he helps to tell the story of “LIS, the early years”.

Janet Gornick
LIS Director

July 7, 2015 | News