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"Inequality and...?" Lectures Series

The purpose of the "Inequality and ...?" lectures series is to provide a forum where the research community, the private and public sectors and the general public in Luxembourg can gather around a theme which researchers have traditionally associated with this country, namely, income studies in a broad sense. The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) was created in 1983. LIS has become the leading cross-sectional database of micro-economic income data for social science research. Today it benefits from a worldwide reputation.

The unifying thread of the lectures is the concept of inequality, that is, differences in the distribution of some attributes, such as income and wealth, among the population. Each lecture tackles the links between these differences and a central social phenomenon. Each lecture is a source of inspiration for an audience with different levels of expertise, ranging from a general educational level through BAs in social sciences to accomplished researchers.

The PEARL team has established the lecture series in collaboration with the Chambre des Salariés, CREA, the European Investment Bank Institute (EIB Institute), the Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), LIS, LISER and STATEC.





                                 Our past lectures



2018 Inequality and...? Lectures Series

2017 Inequality and...? Lectures Series

2016 Inequality and...? Lectures Series

2015 Inequality and...? Lecture Series

2014 Inequality and...? Lectures Series

2013 Inequality and...? Lectures Series


Our 2019 lectures    

Upcoming Events

Inequality and Beliefs

Christina Fong, Carnegie Mellon University

at the European Investment Bank                                                                                                    

13 March 2019, at 13.00





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Inequality and Consumption

Tullio Jappelli, University of Naples Federico II

27 March 2019


Inequality and Public Opinions

Leslie McCall, CUNY

11 April 2019


Inequality and the Elite

Michael Hartmann, Technischen Universität Darmstadt

16 May 2019, at 18.30

At the Chambre des salariés du Luxembourg,

18 Rue Auguste Lumière, 1950 Luxembourg



Inequality and the Art Market

Andres Solimano,  International Center for Globalization and Development

6 June 2019


Inequality and TBA

Costas Meghir, Yale University, NBER and IFS

26 June 2019


Inequality and Homeownership

Charles Horioka, Asian Growth Research Institute

September 2019


Inequality and Household Savings

Eva Sierminska, LISER



Inequality and the Environment

Kate Raworth, University of Oxford




 2019 Events

Inequality and Educational Prosperity

J. Douglas Willms, The Learning Bar

6 February 2019

Educational prosperity is an assessment framework that can be used to assess the capacity of a school district, state, or country to develop children’s literacy skills and well-being, to set goals for increasing their capacity, and to monitor progress towards those goals. The framework follows a life-course approach, with key outcomes for each of several stages of development. These outcomes are referred to as ‘prosperity outcomes’. This lecture will review family, institutional and community factors that drive these outcomes and show that if countries build strong foundations for success for each stage of children’s development, its children will thrive.




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Inequality and Women in Politics

Alessandra Casarico, Bocconi University

16 January 2019

Inequality in political empowerment between men and women is higher than in the economic sphere. According to the Global Gender Gap Index (World Economic Forum, 2017), the world has closed only 23% of the gender gap in politics. In Europe, women represent 30% of politicians in legislative bodies and 29.5% in government cabinets (EIGE, 2018). What is the source of this inequality? Why do we care about eliminating it? Are there effective policies to promote female political empowerment and reduce gender gaps in the political arena? This lecture will present recent research addressing the above questions, while offering a picture of gender inequality in politics, and the challenges ahead.




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