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What drives inequality?

Why does inequality differ so much across countries? While income inequality trends have been extensively researched, much less is known about the driving forces behind international differences in inequality. Yet, differences across countries remain more striking than the increases in inequality recently observed within any industrialized country.

The University of Luxembourg, LISER and the University of Antwerp convene an international workshop to bring new light to the underlying drivers of inequality and to unpack the reasons for wide variations in inequality across countries.

We seek to attract papers discussing the role of labour markets, taxation, social protection and redistributive policies, but we are especially interested in papers studying the role of deeper drivers such as political institutions, norms and attitudes and preferences for redistribution. Advancements to methodology and critiques on the cross-country comparability of inequality measures are also welcome. While the main discussion may be about income inequality, we hope to attract contributions about wealth, consumption or other forms of inequalities.

Invited Speakers

  • Ben Ansell (Oxford University)
  • Francisco Ferreira (World Bank)
  • Andreas Peichl (ifO Institute and University of Munich)


The workshop will run from Thursday October 18 mid-day through Friday October 19 mid-afternoon. It will consist of 10–12 contributed presentations and three invited lecturers.
The workshop is organized jointly by the University of Antwerp, the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and the University of Luxembourg. It will be hosted by LISER on the Belval campus of the University of Luxembourg on 18–19 October, 2018. Address: Maison des Sciences Humaines, Campus Belval, 11 Porte des Sciences, L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.

Submission and Important Dates

Please submit an abstract and, if available, a full paper (PDF format)using the online submission form available at

  •  Submission deadline: July 15, 2018
  • Acceptance notification: July 31, 2018
  • Registration deadline: September 1, 2018
  • Submission of draft papers: October 1, 2018

Organizing Committee

Francesco Andreoli (LISER), Koen Decancq (University of Antwerp), Denisa Sologon (LISER), Emilia Toczydlowska (University of Luxembourg and LISER), Philippe Van Kerm (University of Luxembourg and LISER).


Submission to Research on Economic Inequality Vol.7 (2019)

Papers presented at the workshop will be considered for publication in the 2019 issue of Research on Economic Inequality (edited by Koen Decancq and Philippe Van Kerm).
For information on the series, see


There is no registration fee for attending the workshop. Attendees are however responsible for arranging and funding their own accommodation and travel. Information about available accommodation will be posted on the workshop webpage