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

We’ve moved!

Last week, the LIS headquarters moved to the brand new offices located in Esch Belval, in southern Luxembourg.

The new building, called Maison des Sciences Humaines, will be entirely dedicated to innovative activities in the field of social sciences, as well as to public-private collaboration.

The move allows LIS to be strategically located close to the Belgian and French borders, and to stay in close contact with the University of Luxembourg, the Public Research Centres, and the City of Sciences. The new premises will help consolidating the ever-growing collaboration with these evolving institutions.

Our new address:

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

June 30, 2015 | News

Announcement: LIS is moving

LIS is moving to a new location next week and so is our IT infrastructure. As a consequence, we have scheduled to shut down LISSY, and the Web Tabulator, from Thursday 25 June 2015 at noon to Friday 26 June 2015, 08:00PM (Luxembourg time).

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Our new address, as of 29 June 2015:

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

June 24, 2015 | News

Upcoming ECINEQ meeting

The 6th meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ) will be held in Luxembourg, from July 13th to July 15th 2015, at the University of Luxembourg’s Kirchberg Campus.

The conference will promote academic debates and exchanges of opinions on inequality, poverty, and other topics of common interest, and contribute to the worldwide dissemination of the results of scholarly work and practical experiences in this field. Topics and debates to be addressed at the conference concern theoretical issues, empirical analyses, and the implementation of policies.

The 2015 conference is co-sponsored by the University of Luxembourg, STATEC, EIB, LISER (formerly CEPS/INSTEAD), FNR, Luxembourg’s Ministry of Economy, and LIS asbl.

The invited speakers are Stephen Jenkins (London School of Economics), Branko Milanovic (City University of New York; and LIS), and Martin Ravallion (Georgetown University).

Consult the Preliminary Program.

Stay tuned for additional information!

June 19, 2015 | News