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LIS - Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg (formerly "Luxembourg Income Study"): Access to the Databases for Swiss Researchers

English title LIS - Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg (formerly "Luxembourg Income Study"): Access to the Databases for Swiss Researchers
Applicant Kleiner Brian
Number 151003
Funding scheme Research Infrastructure
Research institution Fondation FORS Bâtiment Geopolis Université de Lausanne
Institution of higher education Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences - FORS
Main discipline Sociology
Start/End 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2016
Approved amount 92'000.00
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Keywords (3)

Comparative income statistics; Luxembourg Income Study; Data analysis

Lay Summary (German)

LIS ist eine Vergleichsdatenbank über Einkommen, Vermögen und Beschäftigung. Die Einkommensdatenbank enthält fast 200 Datensätze die 40 Länder auf der ganzen Welt und einen Zeitraum von 1968 bis heute abdecken. Durch die Finanzierung des Schweizerischen Nationalfonds wird der Zugang zur LIS Datenbank für Forscher in der Schweiz ermöglicht.
Lay summary

Als Teil des Projektes erhalten Forscher in der Schweiz freien Zugang zur LIS Datenbank. Zusätzlich organisiert FORS eintägige Einführungskurse für interessierte Forscher. Zudem ermöglicht FORS Doktoranden die Teilnahme am einwöchigen LIS Sommer Workshop in Luxemburg. Die Stipendien beinhalten Unterrichtsgebühr, Unterkunft und Verpflegung und Reisekosten. Beide Workshops sollen die Forscher in die LIS Datenbank einführen, praktische Anleitung zum Datengebrauch bieten und die internationale Zusammenarbeit fördern.

Der Gebrauch der LIS Daten ermöglicht es Forschern dieSchweiz mit anderen Ländern in Bezug auf Schlüsselmesswerte zu vergleichen undÖkonomen und Soziologen Fragen rund um die Einkommens- und Wohlstandsverteilungzu beantworten.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 27.11.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants


Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
LIS - Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg Luxembourg (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events


Title Date Place
LIS Workshop 27.11.2015 University of Bern, Switzerland

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
139518 LIS - Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg (formerly "Luxembourg Income Study"): Access to the Databases for Swiss Researchers 01.01.2012 Research Infrastructure
170406 Forschungsinfrastrukturen FORS 01.01.2017 Research Infrastructure
127799 Weiterführung und institutionelle Konsolidierung der Generationenberichterstattung 01.01.2010 NRP 52 Childhood, Youth and Intergenerational Relationships in a Changing Society
128920 European Social Survey 01.01.2010 Research Infrastructure
128924 SWISS HOUSEHOLD PANEL - 2010 - 2011 01.01.2010 Research Infrastructure
128919 MOSAiCH 2011 01.01.2010 Research Infrastructure


LIS, the Cross National Data Center in Luxembourg, is a comparative microdatabase on income, wealth, and employment. Its income database includes nearly 200 data sets covering 40 countries around the world over a period going back as far as 1968. Until 2011, LIS was known as the Luxembourg Income Study. The fully documented databases are accessible via a specially developed remote access system called LISSY which allows users to receive results of statistical analyses within minutes after sub-mission right to their computer wherever they are located. Password protected access is free of charge for users from contributing countries.There are five Swiss data sets included in LIS. The recent data sets originate from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office. Scholarly publications with LIS data currently include 631 working papers. One of every four of them uses Swiss data, and some are authored by scholars from Switzerland. The number of users in Switzerland is similar to that of comparable small countries like Belgium, Sweden, and Norway. Promotional activities for LIS in Switzerland during the funding period will include a one-day workshop for interested researchers with presentations by LIS staff members and Swiss scholars with experience in using LIS data. In addition, part of funding will be used to send researchers working in Switzerland to the biannual one-week LIS summer workshop in Luxembourg. Since January 1, 2012, the president of the International Board of Directors (ASBL), governing body of LIS, has been Professor Sir Tony Atkinson, who is also a member of the FORS Scientific Board. FORS' Director Professor Dr. Peter Farago serves on the ASBL and has recently been invited to serve on the LIS Financial Board. The LIS web site offers comprehensive information on every aspect of LIS. This proposal covers the Swiss participation in LIS for the years 2014-16. Continued funding will allow researchers in Switzerland to continue to access the LIS databases free of charge. In addition, it will provide a valuable opportunity for larger numbers of researchers in Switzerland to become familiar with this important data source, as well as to integrate Swiss researchers into the dynamic international arena of comparative income, wealth, and employment statistics.