LIS seeks Executive Director

LIS: Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg (ASBL) seeks applications for an Executive Director

The LIS Executive Directorship – Overview:

  • A part-time post offering substantial opportunities for research career advancement
  • Leading and developing a high-profile world-renowned organization providing cross-national household survey data and related research resources and support
  • Will work in close collaboration with the Director of the US LIS Office

For a detailed job description, see here.

Further particulars are also available.

February 6, 2015 | News

LIS Director spoke to the Oxford University Society of Luxembourg

Gornick at OUSLJanet Gornick gave a lecture titled “High and Rising Inequality: Causes and Consequences” at the Cercle Münster in Luxembourg on January 15, 2015.
Her lecture was delivered to about 40 members of the Oxford University Society of Luxembourg and their guests. It was followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer period.

January 22, 2015 | News

Janet Gornick interviewed on redistributive policies in the US

During her recent stay in Luxembourg, LIS Director Janet Gornick was interviewed by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne about inequality in the US, in comparative perspective.

She observed: “Our inequality is already high because of the low minimum wage, the weakness of unions, and very high levels of private-sector compensation at the top. But, on top of that, we are redistributing less than other countries, and also have lower taxes on the highest incomes, particularly income from capital.”

“How government helps the 1 percent” can be read here.

January 21, 2015 | News

LIS in latest SOEP newsletter

DIW, the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, presents LIS in the 107th edition of the SOEPnewsletter.

The January 2015 newsletter offers the latest developments regarding the SOEP, and dedicates a section to LIS and its upcoming events in 2015.

Get a copy here (see p. 10).

January 20, 2015 | News

Growing attention for LIS

LIS Director Janet Gornick is featured in a news article on the Graduate Center’s homepage. The article presents a summary of LIS’ work, and addresses the growing role that LIS is playing in cross-national inequality research. It also highlights LIS’ increasing prominence at the Graduate Center.

“Janet Gornick: in the global spotlight” can be read online here.

January 15, 2015 | News

Upcoming LISSY Registration Renewal for 2015

Dear LISSY users,

We are approaching the end of 2014 and it is soon time to renew your access! Since registration to access the LIS and LWS Databases corresponds to the calendar year, a renewal of your access is required to extend your subscription.

Please note that you may renew for 2015, starting on 1 January 2015.

How to renew?

Renewing your access takes 2 minutes. Visit our website to complete and submit the online form.

Your renewal will be effective the same day. No notification e-mail is sent after the renewal. You may just log in directly to the user interface and start working with the data.


If you are subject to an individual user fee, your renewal cannot be processed automatically. Please contact to arrange continuation of access.

If you encounter problems during the renewal process, please direct your questions to the aforementioned e-mail address.

We wish you a joyous holiday season and a New Year filled with peace and happiness!

The LIS Team

December 18, 2014 | News

LIS Director Janet Gornick delivers keynote address to UN General Assembly

Janet Gornick, Director of the LIS Center in New York and Director of LIS in Luxembourg, delivered a keynote address to the United Nations General Assembly, on Tuesday, October 7. Her keynote address was hosted by the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly.

Gornick’s talk, titled “High and Rising Inequality: Causes and Consequences,” was delivered to senior delegates from 193 member states of the General Assembly, as well as representatives of UN development agencies. It was followed by a one-hour question-and-answer period.

Gornick addressed recent trends in income inequality, with a focus on causes and consequences. She also discussed the effects on inequality of women’s rising economic activity and closed with remarks about data that enable the study of inequality across countries and over time.

“I’m honored by this invitation and excited for the Graduate Center and for LIS,” she said. “This gives me an opportunity to shine a spotlight on work that we’ve been doing for many years.”

A leading scholar of social welfare policy and its effects on socio-economic inequalities, Gornick has been associated with LIS for 25 years. After working for 20 years on gender gaps in the labor market, she has shifted her attention in the last five years to income distributions. She noted that the UN’s request that she speak about income inequality confirms the current “explosion of interest” in inequality —a field of study labeled “poisonous”, as recently as 10 years ago, by a Nobel Laureate in Economics.

“The thinking was that studying inequality signaled an attack on the rich, and that it might deter investment and productivity,” she said. “And now here we are with this worldwide attention on inequality. It’s exciting that, this year, the UN has flagged income inequality as the economic and financial issue of the day.”

A video of the address is available on the UN’s website.

A longer version of the video, which includes the question-and-answer period (at minute 56:00) is available here.

October 6, 2014 | News

Branko Milanovic gave the 2014 Summer Lecture

Branko Milanovic, Senior Scholar in the LIS Center and Visiting Presidential Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, presented the 2014 LIS Summer Lecture: “Global Income Inequality: Current Trends, Issues of Justice and Politics.

The presentation touched on issues regarding between- and within- country inequality, as well as the political implications of current trends in income inequality.

Professor Milanovic is a leading scholar on income inequality who joined The Graduate Center and the LIS Center in 2014. He is the author of The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality and numerous articles on the global income distribution.

July 10, 2014 | News

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

[UPDATE] Video: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

16 April 2014

The French economist Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics) will present a lecture on his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. In this landmark work, Piketty argues that the main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. He calls for political action and policy intervention. Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University), Paul Krugman (Princeton University), and Steven Durlauf (University of Wisconsin–Madison) will comment. The event will be introduced and moderated by Janet Gornick and Branko Milanovic (Graduate Center, Luxembourg Income Study Center).

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

April 11, 2014 | News