SEMILUX Seminars

In order to bring together the main actors in social sciences in Luxembourg, the PEARL team has established a monthly social sciences seminar in collaboration with LISER and the Inspection Générale de la Sécurité Sociale.


This seminar aims to integrate the spread-out potential for research on social inequalities that exists in Luxembourg.

Professional researchers, PhD students and policy analysts interested in social science research are particularly welcome to attend the seminar, participate in the discussions and present their research. Please contact



15 February 2017 - at 15:30 at the University of Luxembourg - Campus Belval 

Maison des Sciences Humaines - 1st Floor - the LISER Seminar Room1

11, Porte des sciences, L- 4365 Esch -sur -Alzette

The following two presentations are scheduled:

  • Flaviana Palmisano, University of Rome "La Sapienza",  Pensions and Housing Wealth  - Quantitative Data on Market Conditions for Equity Release Schemes in the EU.
  • Javier Olivera, LISER ,  The role of credit and macro-prudential policy on household wealth inequality in Europe.


Past seminars (in reverse chronological order since 2013)


18 Janvier 2017

  • Audrey Bousselin, LISER  Proximity to childcare and maternal employment
  • Anne Hartung, University of Luxembourg , losing or persisting gender gap? A cohort analysis of education and wages in the U.S. and Europe.

 14 December 2016

  • Philipp Hessel, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies: Do social expenditures reduce health inequalities? Evidence from 24 European countries
  • Robin Samuel, University of Luxembourg: Scars of employment insecurity in young people: A choice experiment and a vignette experiment of employers’ hiring decisions in four European countries

11 November  2016

  • Helga de Valk, NIDI, University of Groningen: Migrant families in Europe : a comparative perspective
  • Isabel Martinez, LISER : Beggar-thy-neighbour tax cuts : Responses to a local income tax reform in Switzerland

 12 October 2016

  • Nicholas Rohde, Griffith University: Welfare Based Measures of Income Insecurity in Fixed Effects Models
  • Valentina Ponomarenko, University of Luxembourg: Wealth accumulation across the life course. The role of disadvantages in the employment history

14 September 2016

  • Jian Li, University of Luxembourg: Carreers and fertility: policies and their evaluation
  • Eric Bonsang, LISER: As you sow, so shall you reap: gender norms and late-life cognition 

15 June 2016

  • Ive Marx, University of Antwerp: Incremental and innovative pathways towards better minimum income protection
  • Louis Chauvel, Eyal Bar-Haim, University of Luxembourg (IRSEI): Varieties of capitalism and varieties of distributions: How welfare regimes affect the pre-and post-transfer shapes of inequalities?

18 May 2016

  • Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala, Northumbria University: Bayesian mapping of global public health issues: what can we learn from household surveys
  • Rense Nieuwenhuis, Stokholm University (SOFI): Has the potential for compensating poverty by women's employment growth been depleted?

20 April 2016

  • Bora Kim, LISER: Gender difference in spousal effect on lifestyle formation: Evidence from Korea
  • Marta Barazzetta, University of Luxembourg (IRSEI): Childhood Circumstances and Adulthood Outcomes: The Effects of Financial Problems

16 March 2016

  • Majlinda Joxhe, University of Luxembourg (CREA): Be happy, be healthy! Exploring health outcomes among migrants using Italian micro data
  • Kenneth Nelson, Stokholm University (SOFI):  Intergenerational welfare contracts and social citizenship rights: positive-sum solutions and justice

10 February 2016

  • Iryna Kyzyma, ZEW Mannheim, LISER and IZA Bonn: Changing patterns of intergenerational income mobility in Germany
  • Marie-Sophie Callens, LISER: How did perceptions of economic and cultural threat evolve over time (1955-2013)? Evidence from a dynamic cross-country comparaison of European Countries

13 January 2016

  • Catalina Lomos, LISER: How confident can we be in country rankings when working with latent variables? The role of measurement invariance in comparing latent means and relationships across countries
  • Anja Leist (University of Luxembourg)

09 December 2015

  • Berkay Ozcan, London School of Economics and Political Science: Family instability and children's physical health
  • Maike van Damme, LISER: Occupational mobility around separation for British men and women

11 November 2015

  • Karina Doorley, LISER: Long-term effects of population ageing and skill upgrading on the European income distribution
  • Vincent Hildebrand, York University: Educational achievement of first and second generation migrants over time: a cohort analysis 

14 October 2015

  • Lennart Flood (University of Gothenburg) - Pension and Work, the Swedish case   
  • Anne Hartung (University of Luxembourg) - Gender differences in the choice of study fields in secondary and tertiary education. A cross-country comparison 

30 September 2015

  • Chiara Gigliarano (Università Politecnica delle Marche) - A class of income polarization measures based on the Gini concentration index
  • Eyal Bar-Haim (University of Luxembourg) - Subjective social mobility: the role of job characteristics and social context : Quantitative studies of subjective social mobility are scarce. In this work I employ HLM analysis using the 2009 ISSP data in order to examine what are the determinants of subjective sense of intergenerational social mobility in 30 countries. I find that job characteristics, namely supervising of other workers and union membership, affect the subjective sense mobility even after controlling for objective measurement of mobility. In contrast, country social context have only little to no effect on subjective mobility.  The results emphasize the importance of understanding intergenerational mobility, beyond traditional class categories or occupational scales.

17 June 2015

  • Tim Reeskens (Tilburg University) - The color of benefits. On the perceived welfare deservingness of immigrants in the Netherlands  
  • Nevena Zhelyazkova  (University of Maastricht, IGSS) - Fathers' use of parental leave in Luxembourg: Empirical analysis of administrative records: Men’s decisions to use parental leave are analysed at the individual level using a duration (event-history) model. The analysis is based on an economic framework. Opportunity cost of using parental leave is conceptualized in two different ways: a direct opportunity cost, which equals foregone monthly salary and an opportunity cost measuring forgone promotion opportunities proxied via averaged salary growth. As expected, the results suggest a negative relationship between salary-related earnings and taking parental leave. However, surprisingly, increasing salary 15 growth is associated with higher probability to use parental leave

6 May 2015

  • Anastasia Litina (University of Luxembourg) - Population aging and innovation. Do old societies think new ideas?
  • Leen Vandecasteele (University of Tübingen) - Trends in inequalities within and across households: the changing role of the partner’s labour market resources for female employment careers in Germany

15 April 2015

  • Eric Bonsang (LISER) - Gender-role attitude and sex-variation in senior's cognitive functioning across countries
  • Dirk Van de gaer (Gent University) - A simple empirical test for equalizing opportunities with an application to Progresa

18 March 2015

  • Laurie Maldonado (University of California, LA/LIS) - Family Policies and Single Parent Poverty in 18 OECD Countries, 1978-2008
  • Javier Olivera Angulo (University of Luxembourg) - Changes in Inequality and Generalized Trusts

11 February 2015

  • Ursula Dallinger (University of Trier) - Income Redistribution, Public Policies and Political Power. Does the Middle Class Matter?
  • Flaviana Palmisano (University of Luxembourg) - Intertemporal pro-poorness

21 January 2015

  • Philippe van Kerm (CEPS/INSTEAD) - Partnership patterns and long-term trends in US family earnings inequality
  • Valentina Ponomarenko (University of Luxembourg) - Career instability and well-being in old age

3 December 2014

  • Francesco Andreoli (CEPS/INSTEAD) - Equalization of Opportunity: Definitions, Implementable Conditions and Application to Early-Childhood Policy Evaluation: This paper develops a criterion to assess equalization of opportunity that is consistent with theoretical views of equality of opportunity. We characterize inequality of opportunity as asituation where some groups in society enjoy an illegitimate advantage. In this context, equalization of opportunity requires that the extent of the illegitimate advantage enjoyed by the privileged groups falls. Robustness requires that this judgement be supported by thebroadest class of individual preferences. We formalize this criterion in a decision theoretic framework, and derive an empirical condition for equalization of opportunity based onobserved opportunity distributions. The criterion is used to assess the effectiveness of child care at equalizing opportunity among children, using quantile treatment effects estimates of a major child care reform in Norway.
  • Francesco Sarracino (STATEC) - Happiness matters: the role of well-being in productivity

5 November 2014

  • Ursula Dallinger (University of Trier) - Income Redistribution, Public Policies and Political Power. Does the Middle Class Matter?
  • Stefano Bartolini (Università degli Studi di Siena) - Buying alone: how the decreasing American happiness turned into the current economic crisis: This paper attempts to explain the US consumers’ apparent bulimia that was at the origin of the recent global crisis. I first expose a theory of consumerism - the NEG (Negative Endogenous Growth) paradigm - based on the idea that decline of social capital leads individuals to over-spend because they search in consumption a compensation for the emotional distress and the loss of resources caused by scarce social and affective relationships. In turn, the economy growth caused by consumerism feeds the decline of social capital. I then turn to the US to check whether the evidence supports an explanation of American consumerism based on such a reinforcing loop. I show how different characteristics of the American society and economy, which are usually considered separately, are consistently related to American consumerism. Hence, I illustrate some structural features of US capitalism that may contribute to create a difference, in terms of patterns of consumption and participation in market activities, between the U.S. and some other advanced economies (in particular, the major economies of continental Europe). I relate US hyper-consumerism to the decline in subjective well-being and social capital documented in the US over the few decades preceding the crisis.

1 October 2014

  • Sebastian Fueckel (University of Trier) - "My parents never taught me to ..." A cohort analysis of parental political socialization
  • Jean Ries (STATEC) - The gender pay gap in Luxembourg: Do Women really earn more than men?

11 June 2014

  • Stamatis Kalogirou (Harokopio University) - Spatial Inequalities in Luxembourg at commune level
  • Carmen Petrovici (LIS) - Who is more vulnerable to poverty? Cross-country intergenerational comparison of income distribution and value of dwelling

14 May 2014

  • Andreas Heinz (University of Luxembourg) - Justice of earnings – a cross-national comparison
  • Denisa Sologon (CEPS/INSTEAD) - Earnings dynamics, foreign workers and the stability of inequality trends

9 April 2014

  • Marco Lilla (LIS) - Falling behind or catching up? Cross-country evidence in intra-generational wages mobility through pseudo panels
  • Iryna Kyzyma (CEPS/INSTEAD) - Accounting for changes in the distribution of household income by its sources

12 March 2014

  • Eva Sierminska (CEPS/INSTEAD) - Single again? Asset and portfolio changes (due to shock)
  • Anne Hartung (University of Luxembourg) - Dynamics of income volatility 1971-2007 in the US : Increasing income instability among the poor

12 February 2014

  • Andreas Hadjar (University of Luxembourg) - Migration background and subjective well-being
  • Bertrand Verheyden (CEPS/INSTEAD) - Student and worker mobility under university and government competition

8 January 2014

  • Jörg Neugschwender (LIS) - Pension income inequality: a cohort study in six european countries
  • Aura Leulescu (Eurostat) - Statistical matching: an application in the context of the re-design of social surveys

4 December 2013

  • Nadine Berndt (IGSS - Cellule d'expertise médicale) - Smoking cessation in heart patients: determinants of quitting and comparison of different intervention methods
  • Javier Olivera Angulo (University of Luxembourg) - Preferences for redistribution in Europe

6 November 2013

  • Alessio Fusco (CEPS/INSTEAD) - The dynamics of perceived financial difficulties
  • Anja Leist (University of Luxembourg) - Socioeconomic inequalities in health of older Europeans - Exploring the contribution of childhood conditions

2 October 2013

  • Bernhard Ebbinghaus (University of Mannheim - Guest Professor at University of Luxembourg) - Reversing early exit from work in Europe : Overcoming push and pull towards early retirement