Socio-Economic Inequality






Founded in 2013 after a multi-million Euro grant from the Programme Excellence Award for Research in Luxembourg (PEARL) by the National Research Fund (FNR), the Institute for Research on Socio-Economic Inequality (IRSEI) focuses on a national research priority: the study of socio-economic inequality.

We aim to uncover the new processes of transformations of inequalities by means of demographic, economic, psychological as well as sociological analysis. Social stratification is not fixed forever and is a meta-stable system where apparent stability is based on permanent changes. 






! Health Inequalities Team joins IRSEI !

In April 2018, the Health Inequalities team of Prof. Michèle Baumann joined IRSEI with its INTERREG project "Approche Patient Partenaire de Soins". This INTERREG project - with a total budget of 4millions € shared between Partners from the  Greater Region - aims to improve the quality of aftercare and disease prevention by fostering a culture of partnership between patients and health professionals in the Greater Region (...more).


! New ERC Project on Cognitive Aging !

We congratulate our institute member Anja Leist who won a prestigious ERC Starting Grant investigating cognitive ageing and dementia from a life course and social perspective (CRISP Project)

From mini-organs to ultrafast filming: ERC invests in early career researchers

... On this occasion, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said:"In addition to supporting early stage European researchers, the ERC Starting Grants also help enrich the European research field by attracting and retaining foreign scientists in Europe. More than one in ten grantees come from outside the EU or its associated countries. Europe is open to the world!" (...more)

Anja’s ERC project will focus on the contextual determinants of cognitive aging in later life, particularly inequalities related to education and gender, and use new machine learning and causal inference methods to identify individual risk profiles of cognitive aging. Read more about her motivation to pursue this project here