LIS Database

What is the LIS Database, what does it contain, and how are files constructed?

The Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS) includes:

  • Household- and person-level data on market and government income, demography, employment, and expenditures.
  • Datasets from countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.
  • Income datasets since 1968, organized into “waves” corresponding to regular intervals.

The LIS microdata are often used to study the effects of economic and social policies on poverty, income inequality, employment, and other socio-economic outcomes. Some researchers have combined data from LIS with country-level data from other sources to study the relationship between LIS-generated indicators and other outcomes such as family wellbeing, political behaviour, and macroeconomic conditions. Visit our resources page to view other databases.

File construction

LIS datasets are harmonised into a common template for cross-national research. For more detailed information on how this process is achieved, go to harmonisation guidelines.

For information on the documentation for LIS, go to our documentation page.