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About LIS Center

The Luxembourg Income Study Center, also known as the LIS Center, brings the resources of LIS to the Graduate Center. LIS, located in Luxembourg, is a non-profit microdata archive, research institute and center for training in cross-national comparative research.

The LIS Center aims to collaborate with other university centers, encourage and provide supervision to students and faculty using the LIS microdata to research income, wealth or employment, and provide a learning platform for comparative research using the LIS and LWS microdata in the form of periodic seminars, symposia and courses devoted to research using the microdata.


The Data

At the core of LIS are two databases of person- and household-level microdata: the Luxembourg Income Study Database, and the Luxembourg Wealth Study Database. Access to the data is free but requires registering as a user. To register to use the data, please visit the home site,

Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS) microdata are ideally suited for studying economic and social policies and their effects on outcomes including poverty, income inequality, employment status, wage patterns, gender inequality, family formation, child well-being, health status, immigration, political behavior and public opinion. The newer Luxembourg Wealth Study Database (LWS) can be used to examine, for example, inter- and intra-country variability in household net worth, portfolio compositions, wealth distributions, and the interplay between income and asset holding.  While begun as a project on mostly high-income countries, LIS is now expanding its geographic reach to include datasets from a growing number of middle-income countries.



Our mission is to bring the resources of LIS to the Graduate Center for the benefit of students and faculty alike.

We aim to achieve our mission by:

  • facilitating comparative research projects that draw on LIS data

  • supporting curricular development for a credit course (cross-listed in the Political Science, Sociology, and Economics programs) on how to use and interpret the LIS data

  • offering periodic seminars and symposia to the GC community to disseminate the findings of LIS-related research

The LIS Center welcomes the opportunity to engage in collaborative projects with other university centers.


Work With Us

There are often research projects for which we can use assistance, both quantitative and qualitative. If you are interested in participating in a research project or would like to learn more about working with LIS, please contact the LIS Center office:, (212) 817-1874