2023 Inaugural III/LIS Comparative Economic Inequality Conference


Within the framework of the newly created UK LIS Satellite Office, LIS organised a conference jointly with the International Inequalities Institute (III) of the London School of Economics (LSE). The conference, titled the Inaugural III/LIS Comparative Economic Inequality Conference took place on 24 and 25 of February on the premises of the LSE and included 14 parallel sessions for a total of 44 papers on a variety of subjects around the theme of comparative economic inequalities in income, wealth, debt, gender, race, class, space. It included both papers looking at cross-country differences using LIS/LWS or similar data, and papers building on comparative work focusing on inequalities across different socio-demographic or socio-economic groups within countries. Andrea Brandolini (Bank of Italy) gave a Keynote Lecture on Comparing Income Inequality: Drowning by Numbers, pointing to the recent increase in availability of income inequality indicators, and the possible inconsistencies arising from it. Several people strongly connected to LIS were in attendance, including three previous Directors, LIS Board Members, LIS senior scholars, staff, postdocs of the US LIS Satellite Office, and a large number of LIS users (with about a third of the papers being based on LIS and LWS data).

Organizing Committee

Conference Programme

The conference programme is available here.

Conference Presentations

Day one – Friday 24th February


1A – Inequality Of Opportunity

  1. Inequality of opportunity in educational achievement in Western Europe: contributors and channels
    Gustavo A. Marrero (Universidad de la Laguna), Juan C. Palomino (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and Gabriela Sicilia (Universidad de la Laguna)
  2. Inequality of opportunity and the probability of being very rich or very poor
    Alessio Rebechi (Griffith University), Nicholas Rohde (Griffith University) and Gordon Anderson(University of Toronto)
  3. Long-term evolution of inequality of opportunity: educated parents still matter
    Maurizio Bussolo (World Bank), Daniele Checchi (University of Milan) and Vito Peragine (University of Bari)
  4. Global trends in intergenerational income inequality?
    Gabriele Guaitoli (University of Warwick) and Roberto Pancrazi (University of Warwick)

1B – Education

  1. Higher education expansion and labour income inequality in high-income countries: A gender-specific perspective
    Petra Sauer (LIS and LISER), Philippe Van Kerm (LISER) and Daniele Checchi(University of Milan)
  2. Educational systems and the inequality in attainment: Evidence from 27 LMICs over three decades
    Mobarak Hossain (University of Oxford)
  3. The positional value of education in the Americas: dynamics of inequality in labour market returns under educational expansion
    Francisco Ceron (University of Luxembourg) and Louis Chauvel (University of Luxembourg)
  4. College education wealth premiums in high-income countries
    Dirk Witteveen (University of Oxford) and Janet Gornick (CUNY and LIS)


2A – Labour Markets

  1. NEET status and income inequalities. A comparative analysis
    Gabriela Neagu (Research Institute for Quality of Life), Antonella Rocca (University of Naples Parthenope), Rūta Brazienė (Lithuanian Social Science Centre) and Paul Flynn (University of Galway)
  2. Individual circumstances and income distribution in a changing labour market: the Italian case
    Giovanna Scarchilli (University of Trento) and Moris Triventi (University of Trento)
  3. Labor market policy and the effects of immigration on poverty in 23 upper- and middle-income nations
    Allen Hyde (Georgia Institute of Technology), Amie Bostic (University of Texas) and Todd Vachon (Rutgers University)

2B – Family and Children

  1. Single mothers’ income in twelve rich nations: differences in disadvantage across the distribution
    Susan Harkness (University of Bristol)
  2. Within-couple inequality and breakup outcomes: a comparative perspective in the EU
    Francesca Isola (University of Siena)
  3. Child poverty, labour markets and public policy in rich countries
    Bruce Bradbury (University of New South Wales) and Markus Jäntti (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University)


3A – Ethnic and Social Inequalities

  1. Political cleavages and social inequalities in Algeria, Iraq, and Turkey, 1990-2019
    Lydia Assouad (Paris School of Economics), Amory Gethin (Paris School of Economics), Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics), Juliet-Nil Uraz (London School of Economics)
  2. Racialized occupational stratification and economic inequality in 10 European countries
    Florian Hertel (Europa Universität Flensburg)
  3. Socio-economic inequality and intergenerational mobility for immigrants around the world: comparing the association of parental socio-economic status and learning outcomes
    Maximilian Schiele (Institute for Employment Research) and Louis Chauvel (University Luxembourg)

3B – Social Security, Taxes and Inequality

  1. Inequalities in financial resilience of European households on the eve of the Covid-19 pandemic: welfare regimes and household types
    Abigail McKnight (CASE, LSE)
  2. The impact of social security wealth on the distribution of wealth in the European Union
    Marcin Wroński (SGH Warsaw School of Economics)
  3. Does the income concept matter when assessing inequality and redistribution?
    Rafael Carranza (INET, University of Oxford) and Brian Nolan (INET, University of Oxford)


4A – Taxes, Benefits and Redistribution

  1. Redistributional inequalities across U.S. tax and transfer programs
    Joseph van der Naald (CUNY Graduate Center), Sarah K. Bruch (University of Delaware) and Janet Gornick (CUNY Graduate Center)
  2. Personal income tax reform and inequality in African countries
    Kyle McNabb (ODI) and Annalena Oppel (LSE)
  3. Welfare state financing and redistribution: progressivity and redistribution effects of taxes and benefits in Germany, France, UK, and US
    Solhee Han (University of Oxford)

4B – Regional Inequalities

  1. Linking national and regional income inequalities
    Luis Bauluz (Bonn), Sebastien Breau (McGill), Pawel Bukowski (LSE), Mark Fransham (Oxford), Annie Lee (McGill), Neil Lee (LSE), Margarita Lopez (Evry), Filip Novokmet (Bonn), Gregory Verdugo (Evry)
  2. Is income inequality converging at the regional level? Evidence from LIS data
    Philipp Erfurth (CUNY)
  3. The geography of income inequalities in OECD countries
    Sebastian Königs (OECD) and Anna Vindic (OECD)

Comparing Income Inequality: Drowning by Numbers
Andrea Brandolini (Bank of Italy) Introduced by Stephen Jenkins (LSE)

Day two – Saturday 24th February


5A – Methods and Measurement

  1. Heterogeneity in macroeconomics: the compositional inequality perspective
    Marco Ranaldi (UCL) and Elisa Palagi (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)
  2. A simplified mortality multiplier method: new estimates of wealth concentration
    Yonatan Berman (King’s College London), Facundo Alvaredo (Paris School of Economics) and Salvatore Morelli (Universit`a degli Studi Roma Tre, and Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, CUNY)
  3. Cumulative economic insecurity
    Joaquin Prieto (Visiting Fellow III at LSE) and Gastón Yalonetzky (Leeds University)

5B – Shocks and Inequality

  1. Social security for all? Job loss, household income and income inequality in different welfare regimes
    Selçuk Bedük (University of Oxford), Anette Fasang (Humboldt University), Susan Harkness (University of Bristol), Stefan Bastholm Andrade (Danish Centre for Social Science Research), Zafer Büyükkeçeci (University of Cologne), Satu Helske (University of Turku) and Aleksi Karhula (University of Helsinki)
  2. The distribute impact of labour market and cash transfer policies during the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America
    Luis Beccaria (Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento), Roxana Maurizio (ILO) and Silvana Martinez (Universidad de Buenos Aires)
  3. The effect of macro disaster events on income and wealth inequality
    Giacomo Rella (Roma Tre University), Franziska Disslbacher (Roma Tre University) and Salvatore Morelli (Universit`a degli Studi Roma Tre, and Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, CUNY)


6A – Intergenerational Inequality

  1. The effect of parental education on children’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills
    Regina Dirnberger (University of Munich, LMU)
  2. Intergenerational wealth transmission and mobility in Great Britain: what components of wealth matter?
    Paul Gregg (University of Bath) and Ricky Kanabar (University of Bath)
  3. The intergenerational persistence of poverty in high-income countries
    Zachary Parolin (Bocconi University), Gosta Esping-Andersen (Bocconi University) and Rafael Pintro Schmitt (Bocconi University)

6B – Wealth

  1. Wealth and Income mobility over the Life-Cycle
    Isabel Z. Martinez (ETH Zürich) and Regina Pleninger (World Bank)
  2. Monetary Policy, Asset Prices and the Distribution of Wealth in the US
    Alessandro Franconi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) and Giacomo Rella (Roma Tre University)
  3. Housing policy and the distribution of wealth: A comparison of Austrian regions
    Robert Lasser (DataScience Service GmbH), Vanessa Lechinger (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Stefan Humer (Österreichische Nationalbank) and Severin Rapp (Vienna University of Economics and Business)


7A – Cross-country Inequality in Income and Well-being

  1. Deprivation, mobility considerations and life satisfaction: a comparative study of 33 European countries
    Elvisa Drishti (University of Shkodra “Luigj Gurakuqi”), Edvin Zhllimab (Agricultural University of Tirana) and Blendi Gerdoçi (University of Tirana)
  2. Evolution of global inequality in well-being: a copula-based approach
    Koen Decancq (University of Antwerp) and Vanesa Jorda (Universidad de Cantabria)
  3. Elite incomes around the world: command over tradables, nontradables, and people
    Paul Segal (King’s College London) and Michail Moatsos (Utrecht University)

7B – Elites and Wealth

  1. Gender differences in parental wealth transfers and how the German tax system contributes to the gender wealth gap
    Daria Tisch (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies) and Manuel Schechtl (CUNY)
  2. Pathways to riches, pathways to inequality; what drives wealth concentration?
    Nils Neumann (University of Michigan)
  3. Class origin, intergenerational transfers and the gender wealth gap
    Nhat An Trinh (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)