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LIS is a non-profit organisation and a cross-national data center registered in Luxembourg. Its mission is to enable, facilitate, promote, and conduct cross-national comparative research on socio-economic outcomes and on the institutional factors that shape those outcomes.

LIS, formerly known as The Luxembourg Income Study, is a data archive and research center dedicated to cross-national analysis.

LIS is home to two databases, the Luxembourg Income Study Database, and the Luxembourg Wealth Study Database.

The Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS), under constant expansion, is the largest available database of harmonised microdata collected from multiple countries over a period of decades. The newer Luxembourg Wealth Study Database (LWS), is the only cross-national wealth microdatabase in existence.

The main office of LIS, located in Luxembourg, houses the LIS and LWS Databases, and a team of professionals who perform the essential roles of the organisation: data acquisition, harmonisation; documentation; technical and user support; instruction; and core administration. Many of the staff also conduct research using the LIS microdata.

The New York City office is a satellite located at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY), and is home to LIS Director Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology at CUNY. With a small staff, this satellite office is engaged in development work, graduate student instruction, and research.


The data saved in the Opasnet Base are the inequality and poverty key figures, downloaded 21st September, 2013.


  • Estimates based on 15 to 30 observations only (*)
  • Estimates based on less than 15 observations are not published (**)
  • Information not available (***)

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