LIS Director Janet Gornick attends 46th session of UN Statistical Commission

Janet Gornick participated in the 46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission under the slogan “better data, better lives”, which kicked off Tuesday 3 March in the UN headquarters in New York.

The Commission brought together the Chief Statisticians from member states, and their senior teams, as well as many representatives of NGO’s from around the world. The Luxembourg delegation was formed by Serge Allegrezza, Maite van der Vekene, and Janet Gornick.

Janet Gornick held several meetings with representatives of national and international organisations to discuss means of enhancing cooperation, and exchange of experiences in data acquisition and harmonization practices.

The promotional video of the 2015 session “better data, better lives” can be viewed here:

March 6, 2015 | News

LIS Senior Scholar Louis Chauvel in the New York Times on inequality between generations in France

Professor Louis Chauvel spoke with the New York Times about intergenerational economic gaps in France, a topic he has been exploring these last years on a global scale (see his latest LIS Working Paper).

Unemployment in France has been rising since 2008 and has hovered around 10 percent for the last two years. “We have more and more educated young French citizens, and they face economic scarcity, even though they have more education than their parents,” he said. “Young adults in France see their taxes going to finance social benefits for retirees that they believe they will never receive.”

Chauvel and Schröder, co-author of the LIS Working paper n° 628, were also quoted several times in the French media, where the song, “Toute La Vie” (“All Life Long”), initially written to raise money for Les Restaurants du Coeur, set off a storming debate.

“It does not seem unreasonable to assume that the “young” (in 2014, this comprises everyone below age 64) will not accept the stagnation of their disposable incomes indefinitely.” (p. 14, sic.)

March 5, 2015 | News

Upcoming modernized, expanded Web Tabulator

Launch date: 15 May 2015

LIS is taking another exciting step by releasing a brand new version of our Web Tabulator, our online table-making tool, on May 15. Anyone who wants to generate cross-national descriptive tables based on the underlying LIS datasets, without preparing programming, will be able to do so.

What is important about the new Web Tabulator?

– It 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.
– It includes, for the first time, individual- as well as household-level indicators.
– Its content now corresponds to the latest LIS Database template.
– Like the LIS Inequality and Poverty Key Figures, the revised Web Tabulator will be automatically filled with new results each time that LIS uploads a new microdataset.

Time to say goodbye to the old version of the Web Tabulator!

Starting today, we are shutting down the old version of the Web Tabulator. We encourage you to get a sneak peek at our documentation to find out the number of indicators, countries and variables that will be available from May 15 on.

Stay tuned for more!

February 17, 2015 | News

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