Publication of New LIS Book, Edited by Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jäntti

Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries
Edited by Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jäntti
Stanford University Press

This state-of-the-art volume presents comparative, empirical research on a topic that has long preoccupied scholars, politicians, and everyday citizens: economic inequality. While income and wealth inequality across all populations is the primary focus, the contributions to this book pay special attention to the middle class, a segment often not addressed in inequality literature. The research also casts important light on how economic inequality affects and is affected by gender disparities, labour markets, institutions, and politics.

Written by leading scholars in the field of economic inequality, all 17 chapters draw on microdata from the databases of LIS, an esteemed cross-national data center based in Luxembourg. Using LIS data to structure a comparative approach, the contributors paint a complex portrait of inequality across affluent countries at the beginning of the 21st century. The volume also trail-blazes new research into inequality in countries newly entering the LIS databases, including Japan, Iceland, India, and South Africa.

“This is one of the most important books on inequality published in the past decade. Focusing on what has happened to the middle class since the 1980s, during a period of substantial economic and political restructuring, this volume’s remarkable insights and influence will span disciplines.”

—Jason Beckfield, Harvard University

To purchase this book, click here.

June 21, 2013 | News

Announcing New Book and LIS Technical Paper

LIS is proud to announce a new book and an associated LIS Technical Paper.

First, we mark the publication of a new book, Understanding Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences, produced by FORS, the Swiss Foundation for Research in Social Sciences. The book features a collection of chapters that demonstrate how research infrastructures – including LIS – are leading to profound changes in the social sciences. In addition to the chapter on LIS, the book includes descriptions of the Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF), the European Social Survey (ESS), the European Values Study (EVS), and the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). The book can be purchased online or by using this form.

Second, we are pleased to announce the release of LIS Technical Paper No. 5. This Technical Paper extends the FORS book chapter, primarily by including citations of LIS-based studies. Both the book chapter and the Technical Paper were co-authored by LIS Director Janet Gornick, along with Berglind Hólm Ragnarsdóttir and Sarah Kostecki. Both summarize LIS’ importance for comparative research, its structure and products, and its vision for the future.

June 19, 2013 | News

Holly Sutherland to give 2013 Summer Lecture: “Who Pays for Austerity?…”

Holly Sutherland, Research Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, and Director of EUROMOD, will give the 2013 LIS Summer Lecture: “Who Pays for Austerity? The Design and Distributional Effects of Fiscal Consolidation in the European Union.” The public lecture will be on July 2, at the Neumünster Abbaye, in Luxembourg.

June 12, 2013 | News

Tony Atkinson in conversation with Paul Krugman, moderated by Chrystia Freeland

On May 20, 2013, LIS Board President Tony Atkinson and Paul Krugman engaged in a public conversation at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Professors Atkinson and Krugman – two of the world’s preeminent economists – discussed the complex links between inequality and economic growth, instability, and mobility.

The conversation was moderated by Chrystia Freeland, Managing Director and Editor, Consumer News at Thomson Reuters. The evening was introduced by Graduate Center President William Kelly, and LIS Director Janet Gornick.

The sold-out event attracted a live audience of several hundred and was also live-streamed. The U.S. office of LIS was delighted to co-sponsor this exciting event with the Graduate Center’s Advanced Research Collaborative.

May 20, 2013 | News

2013 LIS Introductory Summer Workshop

The next LIS Introductory Summer Workshop will be held 30 June – 7 July 2013, at the University of Luxembourg campus.

The winners of the 2013 Aldi Hagenaars Award and the winner of the 2013 World Bank/LIS Gender Research Award will be invited to present their papers.

Our annual Summer Lecture will also be taking place that week.

2013 Workshop Application – deadline is 15 March 2013

Participants are responsible for their own tuition and transportation to and from Luxembourg. The €1,400 tuition covers instructional materials, single-occupancy accommodations, and full board.

December 22, 2012 | News

NEW Self-Teaching Materials Now Available!

NEW self-teaching materials and sample files are now available. These resources – updated to correspond to the 2011 Template – will help new users to become acquainted with programming syntax for working with the LIS and LWS microdata provided through the LISSY system. They may also be helpful to experienced users.  Take a look!

August 3, 2012 | News

Five Countries Acquired for LIS Database: Dominican Republic, Panama, Paraguay, Serbia, Egypt

LIS has acquired datasets from five new countries. Our acquisition of datasets from the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Paraguay will expand LIS’ collection of Latin American datasets to ten. We are also pleased to announce that we have acquired datasets from Serbia and Egypt.

These five datasets will be added to Wave VII of the LIS Database. They will be harmonized using the new data template.

January 6, 2012 | News

We mourn the loss of our Executive Committee member, Joachim Frick.

The Board, Directors, and staff of LIS mourn the untimely death of Joachim Frick, on 16 December  2011. Joachim was our longtime friend, colleague, and supporter, and a member of our Executive Committee. We cherished his commitment to data sharing, research, teaching, mentoring, project building, and international collaboration. We will forever miss his wise advice, his generosity, and his personal warmth. We offer our condolences to his family and friends, and to the entire DIW community.

December 21, 2011 | News

LIS and LWS Database Registration Renewal for 2012

Registration for access to the LIS and LWS Databases corresponds to the calendar year, and is renewable on an annual basis. You may renew for 2012, starting on 1 January 2012. To renew your access, please complete the brief renewal process . Your renewal will be effective the same day.

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

December 21, 2011 | News

New LIS Data Template

We are delighted to announce the redesign of the entire LIS Database using a unique standard template to increase both the user-friendliness of the microdata and the comparability across datasets. For more information, see New LIS Data Template.

We will continue to make available the earlier versions of these datasets for those users who wish to access them in order to finish ongoing projects. See Documentation on Pre-Revised Datasets.

October 31, 2011 | Highlight