Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
18-19 October 2018

International workshop on '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.

LISER, the University of Luxembourg 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.

Format and invited speakers

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 lectures.

Confirmed speakers: 

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

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

Submission and important deadlines

Please submit an abstract and, if available, a full paper (PDF format) before July 15 using the online submission form.

Important Dates: 

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


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 at LISER in Luxembourg (on the Belval Campus in Esch-sur-Alzette) on 18–19 October 2018.

Address: Maison des Sciences Humaines, Campus Belval, 11 Porte des Sciences, L-4366 Esch-sur- Alzette, Luxembourg


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)


The workshop is sponsored by the organizing institutions. There is no registration fee for attending the workshop. Attendees are however responsible for arranging and funding their own accommodation and travel.