Launch of the new report “A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty”

On February 28, the Board on Children, Youth, and Families has publically released the new report “A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty” from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The LIS Database was heavily used in two chapters of the report: “A Demographic Portrait of Child Poverty in the United States”, and “How the Labor Market, Family Structure, and Government Programs Affect Child Poverty “

The report can be accessed through this link

March 13, 2019 | News

Collaboration with the AFD – data from Côte d’Ivoire and Vietnam

As a result of the research agreement signed earlier this year by LIS and AFD, data from two lower middle income countries have been acquired by LIS.

Three waves of data from the Household Living Standards Survey (ENV) from Côte d’Ivoire (2002, 2008 and 2015) and nine waves of data from the Viet Nam Household Living Standards Survey (VHLSS), ranging from 1993 to 2013, are currently being harmonised for inclusion into the LIS Database.

December 13, 2018 | News

ERF-LIS conference: Inequality trends around the Mediterranean

The Cairo-based Economic Research Forum (ERF) and LIS have joined forces in order to exploit the richness of the microdata offered by both institutions to offer access to a harmonised common database containing income and expenditure microdata from the MENA region countries of the ERF and the LIS countries.

Following a selective process, researchers will have the opportunity to gain access to this common database in order to study inequality trends around the Mediterranean. The papers will be presented first in a conference and then they will be considered in a special issue of the Journal of Income Distribution (JID).

Stay tuned for the call for proposals on the LIS and ERF websites.

December 13, 2018 | News

13th International Conference of the AFD “Inequality and Social Cohesion”

The 13th International Conference of the AFD “Inequality and Social Cohesion” was held in Paris on December 6 and 7. The opening session of the scientific day of the conference was dedicated to the presentations of LIS US Office Director Janet Gornick and LIS Senior Scholar Branko Milanovic.

Janet Gornick presented on the interplay between women’s earnings and household income based on a cross-national analysis of high- and middle-income countries carried out with LIS data, while Branko Milanovic gave some insights on market income inequality, political alignment, and redistribution in Latin America.

Both presentations will be followed by working papers shortly.

December 13, 2018 | News

GC’s Stone Center Launches New Postdoctoral Scholars Program on Socio-Economic Inequality

The Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality at The Graduate Center announced a new postdoctoral program that will support two scholars beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year and two beginning in the 2020-2021 year.

The program will enable postdoctoral scholars, or postdocs, to spend two years producing empirical research on topics such as earnings, income, and wealth inequality. One position is reserved for a scholar whose research focuses on high-end wealth. For a second position, the Stone Center will give priority to applicants whose work investigates aspects of wealth at any point of the wealth/income distribution. The remaining positions will be awarded to scholars researching other areas of inequality.

Each postdoc will receive an annual salary, benefits including health insurance, funding to hire Graduate Center students as research assistants, and additional support to help offset the costs of hardware and software, books and journals, and travel. The new program is funded by a philanthropic gift of $1.2 million from The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation.

Postdocs will divide their time between their own research projects, collaborations with senior scholars associated with the center, and contributions to public learning through lectures, writing, and other outreach to diverse audiences and scholars in the field.

To apply to the postdoctoral position focused on high-end wealth, see here. To apply to the position focused on other areas of socio-economic inequality, see here.

Applications for fall 2019 are due by January 15

November 30, 2018 | News

Call for papers – “Why inequality differs so much across countries?”

Volume editors: Koen Decancq (University of Antwerp) and Philippe Van Kerm (LISER and University of Luxembourg)

The 2019 edition of the annual Research on Economic Inequality series has special interest in the question “Why inequality differs so much across countries?”. While income inequality trends have been extensively researched, much less is known about the driving forces behind international differences in inequality.

Against this background, the volume editors invite papers discussing the role of labour markets, taxation, social protection and redistributive policies are solicited, as well as papers studying the role of deeper drivers such as political institutions, norms and attitudes and preferences for redistribution. Advancements to methodology and discussion of the cross-country comparability of inequality measures are also welcome. While the main discussion may be about income inequality, contributions about wealth, consumption or other forms of inequalities are sought.

Deadline for submission is November 15 2018. Final manuscripts of selected papers will be due on April 1 2019.

For information about the Research on Economic Inequality series, visit the publisher website.

To submit a paper, go to LISER Website


September 14, 2018 | News

ECSR Thematic Workshop “Wealth Inequality and Mobility”

December 6-7, 2018 at Maison des Sciences Humaines (MSH), Belval Campus, University of Luxembourg.

In this multidisciplinary two-day workshop organized by the Institute for Research on Socio-Economic Inequality (IRSEI) at the University of Luxembourg (in partnership with LIS/LWS), close to forty papers and posters will present cutting-edge wealth studies in sociology, economics, social policy and related disciplines. The workshop seeks to explore the new role of wealth in social mobility, family transmission, opportunity, stratification and class analysis.

The University can arrange free access to a small number of persons interested in attending the two-days workshop.

For more information on the workshop and an expression of interest to participate, please contact Sabine Demazy or/and visit this webpage.


September 14, 2018 | News

Book on Wealth and Homeownership

In almost every country, wealth is predominantly constituted by housing equity, but what are the possible risks and how does wealth accumulation vary across countries? In this timely book, Mariacristina Rossi (Associate Professor of Economics, University of Torino) and Eva Sierminska (LISER Research Fellow), extending previous works issued in LIS Working Papers 654, just published a new book called Wealth and Homeownership – Women, Men and Families.

They analyse the complex relationship between gender, wealth and homeownership. By providing a conceptual framework to insert homeownership and housing decisions within an economic rationale, the authors explore how gender and family types have shaped wealth accumulation and homeownership.

September 7, 2018 | Ignore on home

JID special issue from the 2017 LIS/LWS user conference

the Special Issue Comparative wealth and income research edited by Daniele Checchi and Janet Gornick is now available online (Vol 26, No 2 (2018)). The articles included in this special issue of the Journal of Income Distribution are a selection of papers originally presented at the first LIS-LWS Users Conference, hosted by LIS, the cross-national data center in Luxembourg. Taken as a whole, these articles constitute an interesting overview of the ways in which the research community uses the LIS-LWS Databases, which provide researchers access to microdata on income and wealth, respectively.

There will be a special issue from the 2018 LIS User conference dedicated to the legacy of Tony Atkinson, edited by Andrea Brandolini, Daniele Checchi and Timothy Smeeding. The special issue will include papers that have applied or further elaborated one of Tony Atkinson’s many ideas about inequality analysis on topics such as: welfare state analysis, inequality and poverty, the redistributive effect of taxation and other related subjects. A selection of the papers will be published in Spring 2019.

August 31, 2018 | News

New complementary database: Routine Task Intensity and Offshorability for the LIS

LIS recently added to its complementary databases section a new dataset on the offshorability (OFFS) and routine-task intensity (RTI) of occupations for use with the Luxembourg Income Study Database. This dataset, created by Matthew C Mahutga (University of California, Riverside), Michaela Curran (University of California, Riverside), and Anthony Roberts (California State University, Los Angeles), allows LIS users to retrieve very detailed and standardized occupation categories, following the international two-digit coding of the ISCO-88 standard. For their analyses, the authors recoded additionally 23 country-specific occupational schemes (74 LIS country-years), so that currently in total 38 LIS countries (160 LIS country-years) could be analyzed using the detailed two-digit ISCO-88 level. First analyses by Mahutga et al. (2018) reveal that both routine-task intensity and offshorability contribute to income polarization, particularly in the global North, but not in the South yet.

Users can access these data in one of two ways. Users who wish to make use of assembled RTI and OFFS scores used in Mahutga et al. (2018), as well as new ISCO-88, occ1a and occ1b covariates that result from their recode, can find them on the LIS website and here. The authors also provide a user guide and codebook for the variables included in these data, as well as a very large document detailing the recoding particulars for each country-year recoded. Users who wish to work with (or augment) our original script may find it on or by emailing the lead author. This script can be used to recode additional datasets as they come online in the LIS.

Mahutga, Matthew C., Michaela Curran and Anthony Roberts. Job Tasks and the Comparative Structure of Income and Employment: Routine Task Intensity and Offshorability for the LIS. International Journal of Comparative Sociology 59(2): 81-109. Free access to the LIS working paper here.

July 27, 2018 | News