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LIS Key Figures

1. General description

    LIS is an independent non-profit institution that harmonises and provides two databases: the Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS) and the Luxembourg Wealth Study Database (LWS). Its website offers prefabricated key figures on inequality and poverty and employment by gender based on the microdata included in the LIS databases.

    Here we focus on the key figures. For information on the microdata, see LIS and LWS in our category 'Socio-economic surveys'.

2. Main topics

  • Employment by gender:
  • Earnings ratios
  • Employment characteristics (number of jobs, sector, average hours, contractual arrangements, supervision)
  • Employment rates (ILO definition, mainly employed, usually employed)
  • Non-employed characteristics 
  • Poverty rates
  • Weekly work hours
  • Youth characteristics
  • Inequality & Poverty:
  • Child poverty rates (by two-parent or single-mother families)
  • Children living in a single-mother family
  • Distribution of children by income groups
  • Income inequality: Gini and Atkinson coefficient
  • Mean and median income
  • Relative poverty rates: population, children and elderly

3. Data

  • Quantitative data
  • Macro-level data (aggregated microdata)
  • Period covered by the data differs strongly per country. The overall time range is 1967-2013

4. Countries covered

  • 47 countries worldwide
  • All countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay
  • Some countries have information available for only one of the two main topics

5. Keyword search facility on website


6. Data access

  • Prefabricated tables on employment by gender downloadable in Excel format; from LIS Key Figures
  • Prefabricated tables on inequality and poverty downloadable in Excel format; from LIS Key Figures
  • Information on methods, recoding and weighting downloadable; from LIS Key Figures
  • Free of charge, no registration required

7. Additional information