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The COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent economic reshuffle, and the broader question of socio-ecological transformation put the issue of power front and center. Who decides how society and the economy will be transformed, and how can economists and social scientists ensure that the transformation will benefit the many and not the few? Not only the results of the reshuffle, but also the decision-making process will shape economy and society for decades to come.

Heterodox and radical economics as well as social sciences seek to analyze power dynamics that are central to the economic reality, but are often neglected in mainstream economic analyses. Research that leaves out the fundamentally unequal distribution of power – economic and political – fails to identify the decision set of the powerless, as well as action motives of the powerful. Especially when agents face crises and conflict, these omissions render economists powerless.

Can a thorough and multidimensional analysis of power structures shape a more realistic understanding of growth, crisis, and inequality? Can it also broaden our understanding of the gendered and racialized distribution of labor – productive and reproductive, unequal impacts of the climate crisis and differential stakes in socio-ecological transformation? We are convinced that a multi-disciplinary and pluralist approach is necessary to prepare societies in general, and the most affected parts of the population specifically, for the challenges ahead.

The Chamber of Labor Vienna, the Chamber of Labor Upper Austria, the Austrian Society for Pluralist Economics and the INET Young Scholars Initiative host the Young Economists Conference on October 7th and 8th 2022 as well as a pre-conference program on October 6th. We invite researchers in the early stages of their career (Master, prae- or post-doc) from all professions, especially economics, political sciences and sociology, to submit their work. We especially encourage female and LGBTIQ* contributors as well as researchers of color to present at the conference.

2-3 pre-conference workshops will take place on October 6th. One of them will provide an introduction to LIS data and presents avenues for research using LIS data for comparative inequality analysis.

The deadline for abstracts (max. 1 page) is May 15, 2022. The conference language is English. Participants will be notified of acceptance by July 2022, the deadline for the submission of (working) papers is August 30, 2022.

The conference is free of charge. Presenting participants will be reimbursed for train travel cost within Austria and may apply for accommodation subsidies. A restricted number of travel stipends for selected researchers from the Global South will be generously offered by the INET Young Scholars Initiative. An outstanding contribution will be awarded the Eduard März Prize of €1,000. Submission of abstracts and further information: yec@akwien.at and here.

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LIS is happy to announce that the video recordings of the 2nd LIS(2)ER workshop on “Policies to Fight Inequality: The Case of Work-life Reconciliation and Family Policies” are made publicly available.
The recordings can be accessed from here.

LIS is excited to announce the return of its Summer Workshop back on site in Luxembourg. This year’s workshop marks the 30th edition after the first workshop took place in 1988. For the third time, LIS, the University of Luxembourg and LISER will jointly organize and teach the workshop on “Comparative Inequality Measurement using the LIS & LWS Databases”. This workshop is a one-week intensive course designed to introduce researchers in the social sciences to comparative research on income and wealth distribution, employment and social policy, using the harmonised Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) and Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS) Databases.

For more details on the provisional programme and practical information, please visit the workshop page.

Applications should be submitted online by April 17, 2022.

We are excited to announce that our annual LIS Summer Workshop will be held on 04-08 July 2022 in Luxembourg.

Practical information is available here.

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Zachary Parolin (Bocconi University, Milan & Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University, New York) and Janet C. Gornick (Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, The Graduate Center, CUNY)

In a new study, published in the American Sociological Review, Parolin and Gornick attempt to adjudicate different perspectives on inclusive growth and identify the levels and sources of inclusive income growth across eight high-income countries from the 1980s to 2010s. The authors introduce a methodological framework that allows to measure the additive contribution of changes in taxes, transfers, composition, and other factors including market institutions in shaping income growth at each point along an income distribution.

Full article is available here.

Anda David (Agence Française de Développement (AFD)) and Teresa Munzi (LIS)

In discussions on inequalities in Africa, Mali often appears as an exception, being the country with the lowest level of inequalities in the West African sub-region. In this article, the authors address this issue by looking into the results of an innovative research on the topic. More precisely, by looking at inequality in Mali based on income data rather than the more usual consumption-based approach.

Full article is available here.

LIS is happy to announce the following data updates:

  • Canada – Annualisation of the country series from 1996 to 2011 for the LIS Database. In addition, CA18 was added (11 new and 6 revised)
  • France – Annualisation of the country series based on the ERFS survey from 1996 to 2018 for the LIS Database; plus release of additional data points from the ERF survey from 1970 to 1990 (24 new and 4 revised)
  • Ireland IE18 added to the LIS Database (1 new and 16 revised)
  • Mali – New country added to the LIS Database with the annualisation of the series from 2011 to 2019 (8 new datasets)
  • Norway NO19 added to the LIS Database (1 new dataset). In addition, the same data point was added to the LWS Database (1 new dataset)
  • Uruguay – Annualisation of the country series from 2004 to 2019 (11 new and 5 revised)
  • PolandPL99 was re-harmonised for ensuring consistency with the annual series Pl04-Pl20. For PL04 the income section was slightly revised.

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

Marie Valentova (Luxemburg Institute of Socio-economic Research (LISER), University of Luxembourg), and Merve Uzunalioglu (Luxemburg Institute of Socio-economic Research (LISER), UCL)

Work-life reconciliation policies aim to contribute to the achievement of gender equality by promoting the participation of women in the labour market, equal division of caring responsibilities between men and women and the closing of the gender gap in earnings, income and pensions benefits. Against this background, LIS and the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) convened the second workshop of the (LIS)2ER initiative: “Policies to Fight Inequality: The Case of Work-life Reconciliation and Family Policies”. Marie Valentova and Merve Uzunalioglu summarise the event.

Full article is available here.

Teresa Munzi and Jörg Neugschwender (LIS)

In this article, Teresa Munzi and Jörg Neugschwender describe the particular challenges that arose during harmonisation of the annual Colombian micro data series. The data for Colombia have been taken from two different surveys, the Continuous Household Survey (ECH) for 2001 until 2006, and the Great Integrated Household Survey (GEIH) from 2007 onwards. Mainly two points are discussed: first the mixed collection of gross vs. net income information, and how income taxes and social contributions have been simulated consistently and second the fact that the two surveys yield rather different inequality levels.

Full article is available here.

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