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This year’s winner of the LIS Aldi Award is Nora Waitkus for the LWS Working Paper No. 33 entitled “The Wealth Inequality of Nations.” Nora is a sociologist currently working at the London School of Economics, International Inequalities Institute; she was twice a visiting scholar at LIS. She will present the winning paper at the upcoming LIS Virtual Summer Workshop in July.

Nora co-authored this paper with Fabian T. Pfeffer. The Aldi Award is granted to the writer under age 40, whose LIS or LWS Working Paper from the previous year best demonstrates the qualities of sound scholarship.

LIS is happy to invite you to the 2021 LIS Virtual Summer Lecture on the topic of “Extraordinary times, extraordinary measures: A Review of Methods to Address Data Deprivation in Developing Countries”
By: Professor Peter Lanjouw (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Discussant: Professor Philippe Van Kerm (Luxemburg Institute of Socio-economic Research (LISER)/ University of Luxembourg)
Time: Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 [Luxembourg Local Time: 17:30-18:30]

Lecture Abstract

How can developing countries measure and assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic shocks on distributional outcomes, while data collection is costly – often involving many millions of dollars per household survey? In this lecture, Professor Peter Lanjouw sheds some light on alternative data collection procedures; namely via survey-to-survey (S2S) imputation techniques. These techniques can help to promote the expansion of high-frequency poverty data in developing countries – a particularly pressing need in light of scarce resources and massive informational needs in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note: those who have been accepted in the 2021 LIS Virtual Summer Workshop, do not need to register for the Summer Lecture as it is part of the workshop schedule.

Register here

Petra Sauer, (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-economic Research (LISER) / Luxembourg Income Study (LIS), and Research Institute Economics of Inequality (INEQ), Vienna University of Economics and Business), and Philippe Van Kerm, (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-economic Research (LISER) and University of Luxembourg)

Tertiary education has been expanding in the second half of the 20th century worldwide, and particularly in high-income countries. In a study conducted within the framework of the (LIS)2ER project Petra Sauer and Philippe Van Kerm examined LIS data for 27 countries between 1995 and 2015 to describe how the distribution of labour incomes earned by tertiary and non-tertiary educated workers compare and, accordingly, what educational expansion potentially implies for labour income inequality.

Full article is available here.

Lorena Zardo Trindade, (LIS)

The European Union (EU) has long considered economic and institutional convergence as important goals. In this note, Lorena Zardo Trindade provides an investigation on how the household consumption expenditure shares change across EU countries, and whether there is convergence of consumption expenditure behaviour among them over time. The investigation includes an overview of how convergence trends change when only lower-income households are considered.

Full article is available here.

LIS is happy to announce the following data updates:

  • Egypt – EG17 Added to the ERFLIS Database (1 new dataset and 4 revised)
  • Germany – Annualisation of the country series from 1984-2018 for the LIS Database (11 new datasets and 24 revised)
  • Lithuania LT18 added to the LIS Database (1 new dataset)
  • Mexico MX05/MX06 added to the LIS Database (2 new datasets and 15 revised)
  • Netherlands – Partial annualisation of the country series from 2015-18 for the LIS Database (4 new datasets and 1 revised)
  • Russia RU18 added to the LIS Database (1 new datasets and 1 revised)
  • SloveniaSI17 added to the LWS Database (1 new dataset and 1 revised)
  • Spain ES17 added to the LWS Database (1 new dataset and 5 revised)
  • United StatesUS19 added to the LIS Database (1 new dataset and 18 revised)
  • Denmark – DK16 information in the section education is now available.

  Click on each hyperlinked item to access more details on the newly added and revised datasets

LIS is delighted to announce that the applications for its Summer Workshop 2021 are now open. The workshop will be held virtually on 5-7 July 2021.

The workshop is designed to introduce researchers in the social sciences to comparative research on income distribution, employment and social policy, using the Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS) and the Luxembourg Wealth Study Database (LWS). By the end of the workshop, attendees will be fully trained to use the databases independently and will have the opportunity to work and be advised on their own project.

More information on the workshop, and the draft agenda is available here.

Applications should be submitted by filling this form by 31 May 2021.


Interested in the ways in which housing policy and housing markets drive inequalities across key societal groups within and across countries? The PROPEL project (PROactive Policymaking for Equal Lives) is forming an interdisciplinary team with expertise in inequality, social policy, and political economy in order to identify the political inputs that shape housing markets and housing policies, trace the ways in which housing generates economic, social, and political inequalities in high-income OECD countries, and propose policy-relevant and evidence-informed solutions to address contemporary inequalities.

The PROPEL project is led by Dr. Lindsay Flynn and funded under an FNR €2 million ATTRACT Consolidator grant. The project is hosted at the University of Luxembourg within the Institute of Political Science and part of the interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences. The team will benefit from formal collaborations with the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research and the LIS Cross-National Data Center, with direct on-site access to LIS microdata. Positions are open to European and non-European nationals. Women, minorities, and members of any group typically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged to apply. Applications received by 15 May 2021 will receive full consideration. Interviews will be held remotely via videoconference.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher (36 months) focused on political inputs of housing policy: Training in qualitative and mixed-method techniques to research the political development of housing policy.
    This position is at the University of Luxembourg: Apply here.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (36 months) focused on the unequal impact of housing policy: Training in survey design and quantitative analysis to assess the tradeoffs faced by younger and older generations.
    This position is at the University of Luxembourg: Apply here.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (36 months) focused on testing causal mechanisms of housing policy: Training in experimental methods or evidence-based policy assessment to test causal links between housing policy and inequality.
    This position is at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research: Apply here.
  • PhD Candidate (36 months, extendable to 48 months) focused on linking housing policy to other policy areas: Admission into a fully-funded PhD program hosted in the Department of Social Sciences. Dissertation topic to be determined jointly on the topic of how housing markets, labor markets, and pension markets relate at the micro and macro level.
    This position is at the University of Luxembourg: Apply here.

A full list of the available positions is available here .

The LIS board is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Peter Lanjouw as the new LIS Director starting from September 2021. Peter will succeed Professor Daniele Checchi.

As Director, Peter will lead LIS to further expand its activities to enable, facilitate, promote, and conduct cross-national comparative research. With many years as the head of the research team on poverty and inequality at the World Bank, Peter has a vast experience on both research and data related to income, poverty and inequality. He is an internationally recognized researcher and currently holds the position of Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam.

Peter’s proven experience in research and policy monitoring in inequality and poverty, together with his long-standing knowledge of LIS, will undoubtedly help him advance LIS’ mission and achieve further growth in the future. LIS welcomes him warmly!

Teresa Munzi, Jörg Neugschwender (LIS)

In this article, Munzi and Neugschwender take a closer look at changes in the income distribution from 2000 to the late 2010s in Canada, Germany, the UK, and the US. They analyse the redistributive impact following three definitions market income, gross income, and disposable income, with a view to setting the ground for the type of evidence needed to contribute to the inequality reduction debate.

Full article is available here.

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