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

Inequality Workshop completed

The LIS Center at the CUNY Graduate Center hosted a one-week workshop on socio-economic inequalities. On Monday through Friday (June 1-5, 2015), the 50 participants, mostly PhD students and faculty from several NYC-based universities, attended lectures presented by 15 experts on inequality. The lecturers’ bios, and their assigned readings, are on the workshop website; the PPTs will be added later in June. On Saturday (June 6), 35 of the participants completed a one-day mini-workshop on how to use the LIS microdata.

Several of the workshop participants covered the events via social media, including live-tweets.

Stay tuned for announcements about next year’s workshop!

The “Inequality by the numbers” workshop was co-sponsored by The Century Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, and the CUNY Graduate Center’s Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC).

June 8, 2015 | News

Solow and Krugman discuss Tony Atkinson’s new book

On May 1, 2015, two Nobel Laureates, Robert Solow, Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Paul Krugman, Distinguished Professor of Economics at The Graduate Center as of Fall 2015, discussed Anthony B. Atkinson’s new book, “Inequality: What Can Be Done?”.

LIS Director Janet Gornick moderated the conversation.

Tony Atkinson has served as LIS’ advisor for over thirty years, and now serves as LIS’ Board President.

Watch the final cut of the video here:

May 24, 2015 | News

Stiglitz and Stern discussed inequality and climate change

Stern/StiglitzOn Earth Day, 22 April, Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, two leading experts on economics and the environment, talked about the interactions of inequality and climate change.

Stiglitz, a University Professor at Columbia, and Stern, a professor at the London School of Economics, argued that our changing planet may be the ultimate social issue, considering how outcomes from a changing climate are hardest on communities that can least afford it. Stiglitz and Stern called for political action and policy intervention to address inequality and to focus energies on building global societal resilience.

LIS Director Janet Gornick introduced the conversation while Deborah Balk and Eduardo Porter co-moderated. The event was held at the Proshansky Auditorium of The Graduate Center in New York, and was co-sponsored by the Advanced Research Collaborative, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Graduate Center, and the Luxembourg Income Study Center.

A full video of the discussion can now be found on YouTube:

Further readings:

Joseph Stiglitz’s new book The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them was published in April 2015.

The launch of Nicholas Stern’s upcoming book Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change is scheduled for May 2015.

May 4, 2015 | News

[Update] Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern in Conversation


On April 22, Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, two of the world’s leading experts on economics and the environment, join in conversation about the interaction of climate change and inequality.

Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia, and won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001. His book The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them will be published in April 2015.

Stern is a professor at the London School of Economics, and president of the British Academy. The launch of Stern’s book Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change is also scheduled for April 2015.

LIS Director Janet Gornick will introduce the conversation while Deborah Balk and Eduardo Porter will co-moderate. The event will be held at the Proshansky Auditorium of The Graduate Center in New York, 7-8.30 pm. While admission to the event is free, the venue is currently at full capacity. It will however be possible to follow the conversation via live-stream.

“Inequality and Climate Change” is co-sponsored by the Advanced Research Collaborative, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Graduate Center, and the Luxembourg Income Study Center.

Get a preview of the upcoming conversation here:

Stay tuned for more updates in the following weeks!

April 3, 2015 | News

InGRID newsletter presents LIS

InGRID, the Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion project, presents LIS in the 4th issue of its bi-annual newsletter.

A key activity of InGRID is providing transnational access to research infrastructures with data and expertise within the fields of poverty and living conditions, social policy analysis, and statistical quality management.

The project involves 17 European partners, and allows LIS to welcome a total of 18 Visiting Scholars. Four researchers have already been awarded a visiting grant. Potential applicants can get more information on the LIS website.

The project’s leaflet can be downloaded here.
Additional queries may be addressed to

Past Recipients of the Visiting grants

Visitor Project
Mariacristina Rossi Household and mortgage choices: a gender perspective
Vladimir Hlasny Top Income Biases and the Measurement of Inequality: A Worldwide Study
Bahram Salavati Sarcheshmeh Institutional Factors Effects on Economic Integration of Highly Skilled Migrant Workers into Host Countries’ Labour Market;a Comparative Analysis of Selected OECD Countries.
Sean de Hoon The male marriage wage premium from a cross-national comparative perspective

March 20, 2015 | News

We mourn the loss of our colleague, supporter, and friend, Germain Dondelinger.

At LIS, we mourn the death of Germain Dondelinger, who passed away on 15 March 2015.

For a decade, Germain oversaw the Ministry of Higher Education and Research’s support for LIS. During those years, our many meetings with him were always a singular pleasure. Without fail, he offered wise advice, spoke with us frankly, and delighted in our accomplishments. We will always remember, with fondness, his keen sense of humor and ready smile.

We offer our condolences to his family and friends, and to his many colleagues throughout Luxembourg.

March 19, 2015 | News

LIS in 2014 & what’s next in 2015

We have had a busy year behind us with many events and achievements.

In a nutshell:
28 Working Papers
63 uploaded and released datasets
1200 new user registrations

2014 January Branko Milanovic left his position as lead economist at the World Bank to take the dual positions of Visiting Presidential Professor and Senior Scholar at the LIS Center, New York.
Book launch of Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries in Luxembourg.
Ceremony in Luxembourg: LIS Director Janet Gornick bestowed the honor of “LIS Senior Scholar” on Professors Louis Chauvel and Conchita d’Ambrosio of the University of Luxembourg.
February Paul Krugman announced he would resign from Princeton in 2015 to become Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of CUNY, as of fall 2015, and a Distinguished Scholar in the LIS Center as of summer 2014.
March Review of Income and Wealth, co-edited by Markus Jäntti.
Janet Gornick spoke about LIS at the Third Human Development Report Office Conference on Measuring Human Progress, at UNDP in New York City.
April The LIS Center hosted Thomas Piketty for a sold-out event on his book tour for Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
The New York Times launched a new data-driven site, The Upshot, with a story based on LIS data. The Upshot’s first article struck a chord among Americans, and made it to the 6 top Upshot stories in 2014.
Release of the “LIS/New York Times Income Distribution Database”.
May Janet Gornick gave a seminar about LIS at the Oxford Martin School.
June Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between LIS and the University of Luxembourg.
July Branko Milanovic presented the 2014 LIS Summer Lecture: “Global Income Inequality: Current Trends, Issues of Justice and Politics.”
Bestowal of the Aldi Award to Stephan Thewissen who accepted the award on behalf of his co-authors for their excellent paper “Sectoral trends in earnings inequality and employment International trade, skill-biased technological change, or labour market institutions?”
September Janet Gornick presented LIS at a meeting of the United Nations’ “Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development” in New York City.
October Janet Gornick delivered a keynote address to the United Nations General Assembly titled “High and Rising Inequality: Causes and Consequences”.
November Launch of Wave IX with the release of the United States dataset 2013.
December Kickoff of a new project to re-design the LIS homepage.

What’s in store for LIS in 2015?

*spoiler alert*

2015 January Janet Gornick gives a lecture titled “High and Rising Inequality: Causes and Consequences” at the Cercle Münster in Luxembourg.
March Janet Gornick attends the 46th session of the UN Statistical Commission under the slogan “better data, better lives”.
April Special event at the LIS Center in NYC focused on climate change and inequality, featuring Joseph Stiglitz in conversation with Lord Nicholas Stern.
Summer In June 2015, the LIS Center – with support from the Graduate Center and The Century Foundation – will offer a six-day academic workshop on inequality in New York. The teaching staff will include Professors Janet Gornick, Branko Milanovic, Conchita D’Ambrosio, and Louis Chauvel.
The sixth LIS Summer Lecture will be held in conjunction with the ECINEQ conference, which will take place in Luxembourg 13-15 July 2015. The 2015 lecturer will be LSE Professor Stephen Jenkins, a renowned expert on poverty and inequality in affluent countries.
The LIS office in Luxembourg will move premises – from our current location in Cents to the new complex in Belval. Due to the timing of the move, LIS will not hold its annual LIS Summer Workshop in 2015. We look forward to resuming the workshop in 2016.
LIS will launch a modernized, expanded Web Tabulator. The upgraded tool includes results based on the entire LIS Database (i.e., all countries, all years); it has entirely new content, which was designed to increase both user-friendliness and comparability across datasets.
Release of the much-anticipated METadata Information System (METIS). This new feature was created with a generous grant from the US National Science Foundation.

Stay tuned for more!

March 9, 2015 | News