LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg

LIS is a cross-national data centre located in Luxembourg that provides important micro-datasets for cross-national comparisons, particularly with regard to the study of poverty:

  • Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS): An international comparative study on income distribution, with harmonised datasets from 36 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australasia since 1968.
  • Luxembourg Wealth Study Database (LWS): The first ever cross-national wealth database with datasets from 12 countries (Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States). The LWS includes household-level harmonised data that includes variables on assets and debt, market and government income, household characteristics, labour market outcomes and expenditures and behavioural indicators.

The data may be accessed through three routes:

  • LISSY: a remote-executiion system
  • Web Tabulator: an online table-maker
  • Key Figures: two sets of national indicators generated by LIS, viz.
    • inequality and poverty
    • employment by gender

The LIS and LWS data may be used  for scholarly, research or educational purposes only; commercial use is not permitted.

Spatial Coverage: 

Online materials include glossary, FAQs and self-teaching information.

Data Access: 

Access is free with registration required for Web Tabulator and LISSY only; registration is not required for Key Figures.