• 2020 (LIS)2ER Workshop: “The Distributional Effects of Higher Education Expansion”
  • In November 2020 Philippe Van Kerm, Daniele Checchi and Petra Sauer hosted the first international workshop in the realm of the (LIS)2ER initiative. The workshop took place virtually from Thursday November 12th afternoon through Friday November 13th lunchtime. Its aim was to gather insights from different fields in the social sciences dealing with the societal, economic and political causes and consequences of HE expansion. We had a great combination of six presentations by Jo Blanden (University of Surrey), Louis Chauvel (University of Luxembourg), Emily Murphy (University of Luxembourg), Golo Henseke (UCL), Irina Gewinner (University of Luxembourg), Frederick de Moll (University of Luxembourg), Krzysztof Czarnecki (Poznan University) and Petra Sauer (LIS, LISER) covering topics such as social mobility, returns to education, international student mobility and HE policy.

    Organising Committee: Petra Sauer (LIS, LISER), Philippe Van Kerm (LISER, University of Luxembourg), and Daniele Checchi (LIS, University of Milan).
    For detailed information about the workshop, please visit this page.

  • 2021 (LIS)2ER Workshop: “Policies to fight inequality: The case of family policy”
  • In this workshop we addressed “The Case of Work-life Reconciliation and Family Policies”, a theme which lies at the intersection of the labour market, families and households and early years of child development. Family policies are crucial in easing the often-competing responsibilities between work and family when young children are present. Acknowledging the diversity of policies and research studying the how, why, and what of these entitlements this workshop will focus on two interrelated family policies: provision of care for young children and parental leave. It discussed inequalities as causes and consequences at three levels: inequalities in access due to eligibility rules, inequalities in use due to (un)affordability of the right, and unintended consequences of the given right. Against this background, this workshop aimed to offer a space to discuss novel insights on inequalities related to work-life reconciliation policies, to present LIS data as source for comparative research, and provide scholars whose work captures inequalities within the scope of work-life reconciliation policies with an opportunity to unite and exchange ideas.
    The workshop took place from Thursday November 25th mid-day through Friday November 26th mid-afternoon. It consisted of 8 invited contributions. Thursday evening, a keynote lecture was delivered by Rense Nieuwenhuis (Stockholm University). A policy roundtable, lead by Margaret O’Brian (UCL), took place Friday early afternoon.

    Organising Committee:Petra Sauer (LIS, LISER), Marie Valentova (LISER), Philippe Van Kerm (LISER, University of Luxembourg), and Merve Uzunalioglu (LISER, UCL).
    For detailed information about the workshop, please visit this page.

Outreach activities

  • ESPAnet Stream 2020
  • Philippe Van Kerm, Daniele Checchi and Petra Sauer organised a stream for the 2020 ESPAnet (The European Network for Social Policy Analysis) conference on “Fighting Inequality and Poverty: Measuring Policy Impacts Within and Across Countries”. Due to the pandemic, the conference was downsized and the stream was converted into a small PhD workshop with 6 presentations which we hosted together with Nadine Schoeneck-Voss (Hochschule Niederrhein) and David S. Byrne (Durham University).

  • IARIW 2022 special session
  • Petra Sauer and Philippe Van Kerm organised the special session “Fighting Inequality and Poverty: Exploiting within and across Country Variations to Evaluate Distributive Impacts of Policy” at the 37th edition of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) General Conference, hosted by the National Statistical Institute of Luxembourg (STATEC).
    For the detailed program and links to the six contributed papers see here.