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by Louis Chauvel, (University of Luxembourg)

Recent data from Sweden and other LIS countries highlight emerging dynamics in inequality, presenting an opportunity to reassess approaches to measuring inequality. This article elaborates on and empirically tests a new family of inequality indicators pertaining to different levels of the distribution to measure “concentration of inequality” at different levels. The proposed Isoginis are Gini-comparable and are calculated here at percentile thresholds 0.1 (lower decile), 0.9 (upper decile) and 0.5 (median).

Full article is available here.

by Anna Karmann, (Bielefeld University)

In recent decades, welfare states have experienced a renewed interest in family policies, particularly since the beginning of the 21st century, marked by a paradigm shift towards family-work reconciliation policies. A key policy has been the expansion of childcare for children under the age of three years. The analyses in this article examine whether increased childcare coverage leads to higher labour market participation of mothers.

Full article is available here.

by Jörg Neugschwender,(LIS)

Eradicating extreme poverty constitutes a fundamental objective within the Sustainable Development Goals. Central to this endeavor are social protection programs, encompassing not only cash assistance but also the provision of essential goods and services through in-kind transfers. This cross-national study contributes to the discourse on poverty alleviation – the goal is to enhance our understanding of poverty dynamics and develop evidence-based policies for a more equitable and sustainable future.

Full article is available here.

by Philipp Poyntner, (Paris Lodron University Salzburg)

Does monetary policy affect households on certain parts of the wealth distribution more than others? This note emphasizes the channels through which monetary policy influences housing markets and inequality, their interplay, and how these topics are not only “innocent bystanders” of monetary policy but also shape how monetary policy is transmitted to the economy.

Full article is available here.

The LIS Team has made significant contributions to 2 newly published edited volumes.

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LIS is happy to announce the following data updates:

  • Austria (1 new LIS dataset, 1 new LWS dataset & 3 revised) – Addition of AT21 to the LIS Database and AT21 to the LWS Database
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  • Brazil (10 new datasets and 11 revised) – Further annualisation from BR01 to BR15 in the LIS Database
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  • Colombia (2 new datasets) – Addition of CO21 & CO22 to the LIS Database
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  • Denmark (7 new LIS datasets and 1 revised, 8 new LWS datasets) – Partial annualisation from DK15 to DK22 in the LIS Database and annualisation from DK15 to DK22 in the LWS Database
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  • Germany (1 new dataset and 36 revised) – Addition of DE20 to the LIS Database
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  • Ireland (2 new datasets and 18 revised) – Addition of IE20 & IE21 to the LIS Database
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  • Netherlands (10 new datasets and 8 revised) – Further annualisation of the country series from NL04 to NL21 in the LIS Database
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  • Slovakia (1 new datasets and 3 revised) – Addition of SK21 to the LWS Database
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  • South Korea (5 new LIS datasets and 1 revised, 6 new LWS datasets ) – Annualisation from KR16 to KR21 in the LIS Database and annualisation from KR17 to KR22 in the LWS Database
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  • Spain (1 new dataset) – Addition of ES21 to the LWS Database
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  • Peru (1 new dataset and 16 revised) – Addition of PE21 to the LIS Database
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  • Romania (1 new dataset and 15 revised) – Addition of RO21 to the LIS Database
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  • Russia (2 new datasets and 12 revised) – Addition of RU20 & RU21 to the LIS Database
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  • United States (1 new LIS dataset and 1 revised, 1 new LWS dataset) – Addition of US22 to the LIS Database and the LWS Database
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On the 29th of February, the Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations and the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Cross-National Data Center have organised a side event to the 55th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission:

The Luxembourg Income Study: 40 Years of Data, Research, and Beyond
Ensuring free access to the LIS Data for United Nations Agencies.

Organised at the beautiful Luxembourg House in New York, the event aimed to increase the utilisation of the resources provided by the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) among the staff of the United Nations entities, who have the opportunity to access it at no cost thanks to a generous contribution from the Department of Cooperation of the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs. By providing insights into the LIS data, the event thus increased awareness and understanding of the extensive research opportunities available through the LIS datasets across various fields.

Ambassador Olivier Maes, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the United Nations, opened the event with a welcome address, followed by remarks from Serge Allegrezza, Director General of the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (STATEC). Throughout the event, three speakers underscored the diverse research opportunities facilitated by the LIS data and reinforced the practical utility and vast potential of LIS data across various research domains. Janet Gornick, Director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, home to the U.S. Office of LIS, presented LIS and the research conducted with LIS data, while Marta Roig, Chief of the Emerging Issues and Trends in Development Section of the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), presented findings of the 2023 World Social Report, which are fully based on LIS data and deals with the topic of age and gender-based poverty gaps. Finally, Heriberto Tapia, Research and Strategic Partnership Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), presented evidence from the Human Development Report, thus exemplifying how the LIS data, and more generally household data, contribute to the comprehensive understanding of human development indicators.

A lively discussion closed the event, which was attended by staffs of various UN entities, among which UN DESA, UNDP, UN-Women, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNEP, ECLAC, ESCWA, as well as the World Bank.

Front row, Heriberto Tapia (UNDP), Marta Roig (UN DESA), Serge Allegrezza (STATEC), and Teresa Munzi (LIS).

From left to right: Teresa Munzi (Director of Operations, LIS), Janet Gornick (Director, the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, home to the U.S. Office of LIS), Olivier Maes (Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the United Nations), and Jil Haentges (First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations).

The LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg (LIS), and the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) are recruiting a Research Associate (Post-doc, f/m)

  • Ref: 24-05
  • 2 years fixed-term contract, full-time (40h/week)
  • Joint position at LIS and LISER
  • Work location: Belval (Luxembourg)
  • Expected Start date: ideally on 1st June 2024, not later than 1st October 2024

(LIS)2ER Project Framework

The objective of the project is to develop a new data-driven knowledge base about policies to fight inequalities and to deepen our understanding of ‘what works’ in reducing inequalities, building upon almost 40 years of household data from middle-income and rich countries collected in the LIS Cross-National Data Center.

The structure of LIS data has at its core the exploitation of variations across countries and over time to describe and explore the roots of income and wealth inequality and poverty. One can look at policy variations through the same lenses: different countries pursue different policy goals with alternative policy instruments, and government turnover leads to changes in policy objectives and implementations over time within the same country. This project promotes research on variations in policy packages (welfare policies, tax policies, labour market regulation, educational policies) and on their impact of inequality and poverty.

The (LIS)2ER initiative therefore proposes to exploit the richness of the LIS data to study the effect of policy portfolios in place in different countries and different times on inequality and poverty. The candidate should be able to develop a research agenda on this thematic area, possibly addressing topics on the future of social protection in the context of technological transformation, population change or climate change. The current structure of the LIS Database, covering a large array of countries over a long-time span allows for studying the policy stances over the following domains:

  • taxation (progressivity, income pooling, deductibility)
  • unemployment subsidization
  • social assistance
  • pension provision
  • family benefits

To complement this research agenda, the (LIS)2ER programme also hosts regular visitors to work on the LIS infrastructure on site and organize an annual conference in Luxembourg and regular research seminars.

Your Role

The successful candidate will be the principal investigator (PI) of the (LIS)2ER project ‑ a joint initiative of LIS and LISER aiming at fostering collaborative research projects, under supervision of senior researchers from both institutions.

The research associate will be tasked to :

  • Develop the (LIS)2ER project as described above – notably by undertaking innovative research, co-organizing events and attending to LIS-LISER visitors ;
  • Develop a distinctive research program in collaboration with researchers from LIS and LISER ;
  • Disseminate results through scientific publications and reports ;
  • Contribute to the submission of research proposals ;
  • Attend scientific conferences and workshops.

Your Profile

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Sociology, Political sciences or other relevant discipline ;
  • Expertise in income/wealth inequality and poverty research, as well as knowledge of cross-country policy differences (welfare policies, labour market regulation, educational policies) ;
  • Extensive experience in quantitative research (possibly including policy evaluation or computational data driven methods) ;
  • Fluency in English (speaking and writing), any other language is considered as an asset.

What we offer

  • A dynamic and international research environment with attractive working conditions and a stimulating work environment ;
  • LISER employment contract and personal workspace at LIS (the project requires to work on both Institutes’ premises located on the same floor) ;
  • Flexibility in the organisation of the working hours and the possibility of teleworking ;
  • Competitive remuneration according to the Collective Labour Agreement in force (half of a 13th month salary, meal vouchers, etc.) ;
  • Investment in career support and development (trainings, seminars, participation to international meetings and conferences) ;
  • 32.5 days of annual leave for a full-time contract.

How to apply

Please submit your complete application via https://jobs.liser.lu/ by including the following documents:

  • a full CV ;
  • a short description of your research ideas in relation with the (LIS)2ER framework (2 pages max) ;
  • 1 or 2 representative research papers or already published articles ;
  • two letters of reference.

Deadline for applications: 17th March 2024 at midnight CET

Copies of relevant academic transcripts will be requested at some point during the selection process. All correspondence should be in English. Early application is encouraged as the applications are processed upon reception.


LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and dedicated to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. The Institute attracts top researchers from all over the world and high-level student training is a vibrant part of the Institute’s activities. LISER staff consists of approx. 200 employees, about 60% of the staff being researchers; mainly from the fields of economics, geography and sociology. The vision of the institute is to be a socio-economic research institute internationally recognised, focused on scientific excellence and societal impact, able to contribute through multi-disciplinary and intersectoral research, in an active and inclusive way to a sustainable and inclusive society at national and international level.

The institute is located on the new Belval campus in the south of Luxembourg (Cité des Sciences, Luxembourg), which hosts the University of Luxembourg and a substantial part of the country’s publicly funded research facilities, i.e. LISER, the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) cross-national data centre, the Luxembourg institutes of Health (LIH) and of Science and Technology (LIST). Information on research in Luxembourg is accessible via the national EURAXESS platform.

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