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US Office of LIS

LIS, formerly known as the Luxembourg Income Study, is a cross-national data center which serves an international community of researchers, educators, and policy-makers. LIS acquires microdatasets that include income, wealth, employment, and demographic data from a large number of high- and middle-income countries – now more than fifty – and harmonizes them to enable cross-national comparisons. The LIS archive includes two primary databases, the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Database, which focuses on income data, and the newer, smaller Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS) Database, which focuses on wealth data. The LIS team makes these harmonized data available for use by eligible, registered researchers around the world. Since LIS opened its doors, over 5000 researchers have used the data.

LIS was founded in Luxembourg in 1983, by an international, interdisciplinary team of social scientists. The US economist Timothy Smeeding served as LIS’ founding Director from 1983 to 2006. Janet Gornick served as LIS’ second overall Director, holding that position for a decade, from 2006 to 2016.

On September 1, 2016, LIS launched a reorganized structure and expanded its senior leadership. This restructuring officially established two offices – the Luxembourg Office of LIS and the US Office of LIS – each with its own Director. The Luxembourg Office is directed by Professor Daniele Checchi, and the US Office is directed by Professor Janet Gornick. The two offices work closely together to carry out and strengthen LIS’ core mission, which is to enable, facilitate, promote, and conduct cross-national comparative research on socio-economic outcomes and on the institutional factors that shape those outcomes.

The Luxembourg Office of LIS houses the core work carried out by LIS. The microdata are acquired, harmonized, documented, and stored in Luxembourg. Researchers access the microdata using a sophisticated remote-execution system, known as “LISSY”, which is housed and operated in Luxembourg.

Selected links from LIS' website are here:

Main LIS website
Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Database
List of Datasets – LIS
Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS) Database
List of Datasets – LWS
Working Papers
A History Video

The US Office of LIS serves as the link between LIS and the CUNY Graduate Center community. The US Office of LIS plays a key role in LIS’ fundraising – especially with respect to funding bodies located within the US – and it serves as a liaison to researchers, educators, policy-makers, and journalists throughout the United States. The US Office of LIS is contained within the new Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality.