Living conditions

The mission of the department is to produce scientifically high-level and socially relevant research on 'Public Policies, Welfare and Socio-economic Inequalities'.

The department's objective is to contribute via analysis of policy-relevant questions to a better understanding of the drivers of inequality, poverty and social cohesion, both in the short and long term, and of the role, efficiency and sustainability of social policies and the welfare state.

The department is inter and multidisciplinary in nature and characterised by recognised international, scientific and academic expertise in measurement issues (e.g. inequality, equality of opportunity, social monitoring) and ex-ante (microsimulation) and ex-post policy evaluation. More specifically, the department studies the multiple dimensions of individuals' and families' lives which are at the heart of both the causes and consequences of inequality, from early childhood to old age, through education, fertility and family formation, from employment to retirement. Qualitative, typically survey-based research, examines household income, wealth, inequality, poverty, and social inclusion from a variety of perspectives. The impact evaluation of socio-fiscal, family, educational, health, pension and wider social policy on living conditions is an integral part of the department research agenda.

The department contributes also to the multi and inter-disciplinary research programmes of the Institute:

  • The LC contribution to the "Health & health systems" interdisciplinary research programme is currently centred on the impact of ageing on the health status of the population and its subsequent economic effect, as well as on the analysis of health inequalities.
  • The LC contribution to the "Digital transformation" interdisciplinary research programme covers questions related to the future of social protection (e.g. basic income) or introduction of new methodologies in education (e.g. digital learning platform).
  • The LC contribution to the "Migration and Crossing borders " interdisciplinary research programme covers topics such as equality of opportunity and social mobility. The consequences of an increasing number of migrants and cross-border workers on the welfare state, social cohesion, preferences for redistribution and a multilingual educational system are investigated.

Ongoing projects

Exposure to heat and air pollution in EUrope – cardiopulmonary impacts and benefits of mitigation and adaptation
European Commission
Feasibility Study for a Child Guarantee
European Commission
Third Network for the analysis of EU-SILC
European Commission
Bien-être des enfants au Luxembourg
Ministries or Administrations of the Luxembourg State
Investigating the Mechanisms of Reliance to Social Assistance
Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)
Evaluation of parental leave in Luxembourg, focus on couples’ strategies and the role of workplace characteristics (CORE)
Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)
Tax-benefit systems, employment structures and cross-country differences in income inequality in Europe: a micro-simulation approach
Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)
Gathering expertise for a more comprehensive view of income components in Luxembourg
Micro-simulation, Luxembourg
EUROMOD - YEAR 10 (2019)
Smartwielen Luxembourg
COST Action "International Ethnic and Immigrant Minorities’ Survey Data Network"
The impact of childhood circumstances on individual outcomes over the life-course
Preference for Redistribution, Equality and Fairness in Europe and in the Greater Region: Micro-Evidence from surveys
SHARE - Luxembourg Wave 8 (2018-2019)
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