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Louis Chauvel

Professor of Sociology – PEARL Chair

Sujets de recherche Birth cohorts, Social inequality, Aging, Mortality, Individual and Social Health
Faculté ou Centre Faculté des Lettres, des Sciences Humaines, des Arts et des Sciences de l'Education
Unité de recherche INSIDE
Adresse postale Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Bureau sur le campus MSH, E04 25-260
Téléphone (+352) 46 66 44 9618

Louis Chauvel was appointed Professor of Sociology at the Université du Luxembourg in July 2012 as part of the PEARL programme. He was full professor at Sciences Po between 2005-2012 and an Honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF 2003). He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Lille in 1997 and his Habilitation at Sciences Po Paris in 2003. He was Invited Fellow at Berkeley in 2000 and Invited Professor at Columbia University in the City of New York in 2011-2012.

His research topics are Social Inequalities and Public Policies, Social Change, Social Stratification and Mobility, Advanced Methodology of social sciences and population studies. His research mainly focuses on social welfare, income and wealth and social change in a comparative perspective. He has been a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association since 2006, was the former General Secretary of the European Sociological Association (2005-7), and the former Treasurer of the French sociological association (AFS) (2002-6). He is a Member of the ISA Research Committee on Social Stratification (RC28) and was chair of the research network “Classes, inequalities, fragmentations” of the AFS.

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  • Full Professor of sociology at University of Luxembourg FNR-PEARL Professor of Social Inequality
  • Invited Professor of sociology at Columbia University in the City of New York (2011-2012)
  • Full Professor of sociology at Institut d’Etudes Politiques (“Sciences Po”) de Paris 2005-2012 and Director of the Graduate studies in sociology at the Sciences Po Doctoral School (2008-2011). Before: Lecturer 1998-2005 (Sciences-Po Paris)
  • Invited and then Adjunct Professor at Geneva University (Switzerland) 2003-2005
  • Member of the University Institute of France (IUF) 2003-2008, currently honorary member  
  • Research fellow at the Observatoire Sociologique du Changement (OSC – Observatory of Social Change) since 1994
  • Research fellow at the Observatoire Français des Conjonctures économiques (French Observatory of Economic Conjunctures) since 1992
  • Invited Fellow at UC Berkeley Department of Sociology (August 2000 – October 2000)

Education, grades and competitions   

1990      MS of the ENSAE (Diplôme de l’ENSAE), National School of Statistics & Economic Administration
1991      MA of research in Social Sciences (DEA de Sciences Sociales) EHESS – ENS (Paris)
1997      PhD in sociology University of Lille. Très honorable avec félicitations du jury à l’unanimité
               (Christian Baudelot, Alexis Ferrand, Michel Forsé (dir.), Yves Grafmeyer, François Héran)
1998      Selected at the CNRS Research Fellow competition, let for a position as Lecturer at Sciences Po Paris
2003      Habilitation – Sciences Po Paris

Last updated on: 23 jan 2014

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See detailThe Intensity and Shape of Inequality: The ABG Method of Distributional Analysis
Chauvel, Louis

in Review of Income and Wealth (2016), 62(1), 5268

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See detailJeunes générations, inégalités et problèmes sociaux : chômeurs, décrocheurs, Neets, au Luxembourg et chez nos voisins
Chauvel, Louis

in Georges, Nathalie; Schronen, Danielle; Urbé, Robert (Eds.) Sozialalmanach Inegalitéiten 2016 (2016)

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See detailMalaise in the Western middle classes
Chauvel, Louis; Hartung, Anne

in UNESCO (Ed.) World Social Science Report 2016. Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World (2016)

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See detailCohort factors impinging on suicide rates in the United States, 1990-2010
Chauvel, Louis; Leist, Anja; Smith, Herbert

in PAA server (2016)

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See detailInequality in old age cognition across the world
Olivera, Javier; Leist, Anja; Chauvel, Louis

in PAA website (2016)

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See detailDynamics of income volatility: Evidence from Germany and the US
Chauvel, Louis; Hartung, Anne; Palmisano, Flaviana

Scientific Conference (2015, July 15)

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See detailIncome inequality and health: Age-related health gains for those better-off, in more equal societies
Chauvel, Louis; Leist, Anja

in Gerontologist (2015), 55(Suppl 2), 459-460

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See detailSocial epidemiology
Chauvel, Louis; Leist, Anja

in Wright, James D. (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2015)

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See detailSocioeconomic hierarchy and health gradient in Europe: The role of income inequality and of social origins
Chauvel, Louis; Leist, Anja

in International Journal for Equity in Health (2015), 14(132), 1-12

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See detailThe Impact of Cohort Membership on Disposable Incomes in West Germany, France, and the United States
Chauvel, Louis; Schroeder, Martin

in European Sociological Review (2015)

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See detailIncreases in well-being after transition to retirement for unemployed. Catching up with formerly employed persons.
Ponomarenko, Valentina; Leist, Anja; Chauvel, Louis

E-print/Working paper (2015)

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See detailDie Grenzen des Ausbildungsexports. Arbeitsmarktchancen Jugendlicher in Südeuropa sind besonders konjunkturabhängig
Chauvel, Louis; Schröder, Martin

in Berufsbildung in Wissenschaft und Praxis (2014), 43(6), 4-5

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See detailGenerational Inequalities and Welfare Regimes
Chauvel, Louis; Schröder, Martin

in Social Forces (2014), 92(4), 1259-1283

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See detailLes mutations de la société française : les grandes questions économiques et sociales
Castel, Robert; Chauvel, Louis; et, al.

Book published by La découverte (2013)

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See detailClasses moyennes : des espèces menacées?
Chauvel, Louis

Article for general public (2013)

See detailLa dynamique de la stratification sociale
Chauvel, Louis

in Castel, Robert; Chauvel, Louis (Eds.) Les mutations de la société française : les grandes questions économiques et sociales (2013)

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See detailStratification Sociale : grandes tendances
Chauvel, Louis

in Lau, Elisabeth (Ed.) Etat de la France 2013-2014 (2013)

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See detailWelfare Regimes, Cohorts and the Middle Classes
Chauvel, Louis

in Gornick, Janet C.; Jäntti, Markus (Eds.) Income Inequality : Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries (2013)

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See detailLes raisons de la peur: Les classes moyennes sont-elles protégées de la crise ?
Chauvel, Louis

in Revue de l'OFCE : Observations et Diagnostics Economiques (2012), 18

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See detailSocial generations and the transformation of consumption
Chauvel, Louis

in Ning, Wang; Davis, D.; Herpin, N. (Eds.) An Exploration into the Sociology of Consumption (2011)

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See detailLes classes moyennes dans la Ve République: de l'expansion économique auy incertitudes sociales
Chauvel, Louis

in Garrigues, J.; Guillaume, S.; Sirinelli, J.-F. (Eds.) Comprendre la Ve République (2010)

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See detailComment définir les victimes du changement social cohortal ?
Chauvel, Louis

in Regards Croisés sur l'Economie (2010), 7

See detailComparing welfare regime changes: Living standards and the unequal life chances different birth cohorts
Chauvel, Louis

in Tremmel, J.C. (Ed.) A young generation under pressure ? The financial situation and the "rush hour"of the cohort 1970-1985 in a generational comparison (2010)

See detailLe destin des générations, structure sociale et cohortes en France du XXe siècle aux années 2010
Chauvel, Louis

Book published by PUF - 1ère édition "Quadrige":2010 (2010)

See detailFrench Sociology in the Spiral of Holism and Individualism
Chauvel, Louis

in Patel, Sujata (Ed.) The ISA Hanndbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions (2010)

See detailOvereducation and Social Generations in France: Welfare Regimes and Inter-cohort Inequalities in Returns to Education
Chauvel, Louis

in Attewel, P.; Newman, K.S. (Eds.) Growing Gaps: Educational Inequality Around the World (2010)

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See detailThe Transformation of the European class system and the middle classes adrift
Chauvel, Louis

in Chuning, Li (Ed.) Formation of Middle Class in Comparative Perspective: Process, Influenceand Socioeconomic Consequences (2009)

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