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This call for visitors is in the context of the (LIS)2ER initiative – an institutional collaboration between the LIS Data Center in Luxembourg (LIS) and the Luxembourg Institute for Socio-Economic Research (LISER). Both institutions are located in the Maison des Sciences Humaines at Belval Campus in Luxembourg.
The collaboration aims to foster collaborative research on Policies to Fight Inequality. Grants for research visits is one of the instruments in place to this end. Research proposals can be submitted by individual researchers or by small teams of up to three researchers. Applicants from any level of seniority will be considered and we hope to strike a balance between junior and senior visitors.
Visitors will be hosted on LIS or LISER premises and will have privileged access to LIS and LWS microdata on-site in a secure data access lab for the duration of their visit.
We expect visitors to engage with local researchers at the LISER, LIS and the University of Luxembourg – all based on campus. (Potential or foreseen collaboration with local researchers will be a key criterion for the selection of proposals).

Two calls are currently open:

  1. Senior Fellowship at LIS and LISER: all the information related to this call is available here.
  2. Research Stays at LIS and LISER: all the information related to this call is available here.

  3. More information about the (LIS)2ER Initiative is available here.

Renewal of registration to access the LIS and LWS Databases is required each year. The annual renewal period began on January 01, 2023 (Luxembourg Time).

To renew your registration for access to the LIS databases, please go here and complete the LIS Microdata User Renewal Form.

The LIS: Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg is a non-profit organisation located in Luxembourg which serves a global community of researchers, educators, and policy makers. LIS acquires datasets with income, wealth, employment, and demographic data from many high- and middle-income countries, harmonises them to enable cross-national comparisons, and makes them publicly available in two databases, the Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS) and the Luxembourg Wealth Study Database (LWS).

LIS is currently seeking applications for a Microdata Expert (2-year contract) – REF: LIS-2022-1

Main Responsibilities

The position involves joining a dynamic team of 10 people based in Luxembourg to produce harmonised datasets. This includes evaluating the original datasets structure and quality (possibly working with data providers), harmonising original variables, documenting harmonisation methods and dataset specificities, assisting and instructing users.

Candidate’s profile

  • Advanced degree in in statistics, sociology, economics, demography, or another social science.
  • Extensive experience in data management, preferably large micro datasets with a focus on income, consumption or wealth.
  • Advanced knowledge of Stata is required; knowledge of R is an asset, as is experience working with the LIS data.
  • Excellent command of English is required (office language), other languages are an asset.
  • Strong quantitative skills, ability to pay attention to detail and to work closely within a team in a cooperative way.

Preferred starting date

March 1st 2023.

Contract

  • 2-year fixed-term contract (may lead to a permanent contract).
  • Ideally full time (40h a week); reduced working time can be considered.

Interested?

Applicants should submit a cover letter and a Curriculum Vitae to Ms. Lucie Scapoli, search@lisdatacenter.org.

Please make sure to specify the REF of the job position in the subject of your email.

by Denisa M. Sologon (Luxembourg Institute for Social and Economic Research (LISER)), Cathal O’Donoghue (National University of Ireland, Galway), Jules Linden (Luxembourg Institute for Social and Economic Research (LISER)), Iryna Kyzyma (Luxembourg Institute for Social and Economic Research (LISER)), and Jason Loughrey, (Teagasc Rural Economy Research Centre)

The current cost of living crisis affects people differently. The authors choose a subset of countries with different inflation experiences in the EU and with different welfare policies to address the cost of living crisis: Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and Portugal. The comparative angle demonstrates to what extent the distributional and welfare consequences of inflation originating from the same energy crisis differ across countries with different consumption patterns, different levels of dependency on energy imports, and different welfare systems.

Full article is available here.

by Ariane Aumaitre (European University Institute (EUI))

Extensive literature has covered the topic of women’s entrance into the labour market, however, little is known about the overall effect of increased female labour force participation on women’s economic position. Using a RIF decomposition approach, this article shows that economic independence has had a very different effect on women depending on their position at the income distribution.

Full article is available here.

by Daniele Checchi (University of Milan), Petra Sauer (Luxemburg Institute of Socio-economic Research (LISER) / LIS / Research Institute Economics of Inequality (INEQ), Vienna University of Economics and Business), and Philippe Van Kerm (Luxemburg Institute of Socio-economic Research (LISER) / University of Luxembourg)

The 2022 (LIS)2ER workshop on policies to fight inequality – organized annually by the LIS Cross-national Data Center and LISER – aimed to offer a forum to discuss novel research and the policy implications of differential consumption patterns across the income distribution and the distributive impacts of differential exposure to price variations and environmental taxation.

Full article is available here.

LIS is happy to announce the following data updates:

  • Ireland – Addition of the IE19 to the LIS Database (1 new and 2 revised).
  • United Kingdom – Further annualisation backwards in time from 1968 to 1993 and minor revision of the overall series of the LIS Database (21 new datasets and 32 revised).
  • United Kingdom – Addition of one new data point (UK19) to the LWS Database (1 new dataset and 6 revised).
  • Luxembourg – Revision of the Luxembourgish LWS Series (LU10, LU14, and LU18) in the section ‘assets acquired in the past’ where variables piw1/4 (from whom inheritance/gift received (1/4)) and ppy (year of purchase of principal residence) are now available. The whole section has been slightly reworked.




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

LIS Cross-national Data Center and LISER convene the third international scientific workshop on Policies to Fight Inequality in the realm of the (LIS)2ER initiative.

Inflation has recently reached levels that have not been seen in many industrialized countries for decades. Spikes in energy prices, notably, raised concern about the livelihoods of families living on a tight budget. In this context, the 2022 (LIS)2ER workshop on policies to fight inequality—organized annually by the LIS Cross-national Data Center and LISER—aims to discuss research on inequality and distributive impacts of exposure to price variations. Emerging research on ‘inflation inequality’ has revealed the unequal exposure of households to price variations by income level, and notably a double pain with low income households facing higher inflation than high income households. However, knowledge remains limited as traditional measurement of inflation typically assumes that all agents face the same set of prices and detailed analysis requires fine-grain data. Vulnerability to price variations may also be linked to other dimensions such as gender, occupation or age. The workshop aims to offer a forum to discuss novel research and insights on these questions and provide scholars with an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas.

Memories of the ‘yellow vest’ movement which grew out of frustration with earlier rises in fuel prices testify of the potential social and political upheavals related to the evolution of the costs of living. While it may be difficult for monetary policy to address these distributive concerns, fiscal policy could be of help. There is therefore interest in researching the effectiveness of different forms of fiscal policy responses (e.g., VAT adjustments of specific types of goods, income tax responses, targeted or universal transfers, etc.), particularly from an inequality perspective. Finally, while the current surge in inflation may perhaps be short-lived, addressing climate change is likely to impact energy prices in the long run and the distributive impacts of price variations and green taxation will determine the social acceptability and success of the transition. Against this backdrop, the workshop aims to offer a forum to discuss novel research and insights on these questions and provide scholars with an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas.

Practical information

  • The workshop will take place from Thursday 1st December (mid-day) through Friday 2nd December (mid-afternoon) in the Maison des Sciences Humaines, in Esch-sur-Alzette
  • It will consist of 10 invited academic presentations
  • A connected policy roundtable will take place Friday 2nd December, early afternoon
  • The tentative programme is available here.

Organizing Committee

Teresa Munzi (LIS) – Eugenio Peluso (LISER) – Petra Sauer (LIS, LISER) – Denisa Sologon / Jules Linden (LISER) – Philippe Van Kerm (LISER, University of Luxembourg)

Registration

To attend the workshop, please register through the below link:
Deadline for registration: 25/11/2022

Register here

On October 17, 2022, The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released its report on “Older Households: Comparison of Income, Wealth, and Survival in the United States with Selected Countries”. The report heavily uses the Luxembourg Wealth Study Database to compare U.S. distributions of income and wealth trends with Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

The report can be accessed through this link.

by Gintare Mazeikaite (LIS)

Peru is one of the Latin American countries that experienced substantial income growth and strongly decreasing intergenerational inequalities since the early 2000s. Analysing the Peruvian data from 2004 to 2019, Gintare Mazeikaite shows how income growth has been especially beneficial for some groups of the society, but how it left other groups behind, the elderly in particular.

Full article is available here.

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