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VAN KERM Philippe

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Philippe Van Kerm is Professor of Social Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Luxembourg since 2017 on a joint appointment with the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER). He holds an MA degree in Economics and Social Sciences and a PhD in Economics from the University of Namur (Belgium).  Before joining the University of Luxembourg, he was head of the Living Conditions department at LISER where has also been scientific director (ad interim) and head of the Graduate Studies Programme. He has been a visiting researcher or research fellow at the London School of Economics, the University of Leuven, ZEW Mannheim, and is currently a fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of Essex) and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (University of Oxford).
His research interests are in applied micro-econometrics, welfare and labour with particular reference to poverty and income distribution dynamics, wealth inequality, social mobility, wage, tax, social protection and social policy. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality since 2017.


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Ongoing projects


    BARGAIN Olivier, DOORLEY Karina, VAN KERM Philippe. Minimum Wages and the Gender Gap in Pay: New Evidence from the United Kingdom an. Review of Income and Wealth, 2019, vol. 65, n°3, pp. 514-539. CHAUVEL Louis, HARTUNG Anne, BAR-HAIM Eyal, VAN KERM Philippe. Income and Wealth Above the Median: New Measurements and Results for Europe and the United States. Research on Economic Inequality, 2019, vol. 27, pp. 89-104. GOISIS Alice, OZCAN Berkay, VAN KERM Philippe. Do Children Carry the Weight of Divorce? Demography, 2019 (First Online: 11 June 2019). CHOE Chung, VAN KERM Philippe. Foreign workers and the wage distribution: What does the influence function reveal? Econometrics, 2018, vol. 6, n°3, pp. 1-26. SOLOGON Denisa, VAN KERM Philippe. Modelling earnings dynamics and inequality: foreign workers and inequality trends in Luxembourg, 1988–2009. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society), 2017 (First Online: 27 July 2017).
  • JENKINS Stephen P., VAN KERM Philippe. Assessing Individual Income Growth. Economica, 2016, vol. 83, n°332, pp. 679-703.
  • VAN KERM Philippe, CHOE Chung, YU Seunghee. Decomposing quantile wage gaps : A conditional likelihood approach. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series C: Applied Statistics), 2016, vol. 65, n°4, pp. 507-527.
  • SELEZNEVA Ekaterina, VAN KERM Philippe. A distribution-sensitive examination of the gender wage gap in Germany. Journal of Economic Inequality, 2016, vol. 14, n°1, pp. 21-40.
  • COWELL Frank, VAN KERM Philippe. Wealth Inequality: A Survey. Journal of Economic Surveys, 2015, vol. 29, n°4, pp. 671-710.
  • JANTTI Markus, SIERMINSKA Eva, VAN KERM Philippe. Modeling the Joint Distribution of Income and Wealth. In: GARNER Thesia I., SHORT Kathleen S. Research on Economic Inequality. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, 2015, vol 23 - Measurement of Poverty, Deprivation, and Economic Mobility), pp. 301-327.
  • HILDEBRAND Vincent, PI ALPERIN Maria Noel, VAN KERM Philippe. Measuring and Accounting for the Deprivation Gap of Portuguese Immigrants in Luxembourg. Review of Income and Wealth, 2015 (First Online 26 August 2015).
  • BIA Michela, VAN KERM Philippe. Space-filling location selection. Stata Journal, 2014, vol. 14, n°3, pp. 605-622.
  • JENKINS Stephen P., VAN KERM Philippe. The Relationship Between EU Indicators of Persistent and Current Poverty. Social Indicators Research, 2014, vol. 116, n°2, pp. 611-638.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Generalized measures of wage differentials. Empirical Economics, 2013, vol.45, n°1, pp. 465-482.
  • VAN KERM Philippe, PI ALPERIN Maria Noel. Inequality, growth and mobility: The intertemporal distribution of income in European countries 2003–2007. Economic Modelling, 2013, vol. 35, pp. 931-939.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Kernel-smoothed cumulative distribution function estimation with akdensity. Stata Journal, 2012, vol. 12, n° 3, pp. 543-548.
  • JENKINS Stephen P., VAN KERM Philippe. The measurement of economic inequality. In: SALVERDA W., NOLAN B. & SMEEDING T. M.(eds). Oxford Handbook on Economic Inequality. Oxford University Press, 2009, pp.40-67.
  • HILDEBRAND Vincent, VAN KERM Philippe. Income Inequality and Self-Rated Health Status: Evidence from the European Community Household Panel. Demography, 2009, Vol.46, n°4, pp.805-825.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Income mobility profiles. Economics Letters, 2009, vol. 102, n°2, pp. 93-95.
  • O'NEILL Donal, VAN KERM Philippe. An Integrated Framework For Analysing Income Convergence. The Manchester School, 2008, vol. 76, n°1, pp. 1-20.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Stata tip 54: Post your results. The Stata Journal, 2007, vol. 7, n°4, pp. 587–589.
  • JENKINS Stephen P., VAN KERM Philippe. Trends in income inequality, pro-poor income growth, and income mobility. Oxford Economic Papers, 2006, vol. 58, n°3, pp.531–548.
  • YU Keming, VAN KERM Philippe, ZHANG Jin. Bayesian Quantile Regression: An Application to the Wage Distribution in 1990s Britain. Sankhya - The Indian Journal of Statistics, 2005, vol. 67, n°2, pp. 359–377.
  • JENKINS Stephen P., VAN KERM Philippe. Accounting for income distribution trends: A density function decomposition approach. Journal of Economic Inequality, 2005, vol. 3, n°1, pp. 43–61.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. What lies behind income mobility? Reranking and distributional change in Belgium, Western Germany and the USA. Economica, 2004, vol. 71, n°281, pp. 223–239.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Adaptive kernel density estimation. The Stata Journal, 2003, vol.3, n°2, pp.148–156.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. On the magnitude of income mobility in Germany. Journal of Applied Social Science Studies/Schmollers Jahrbuch, 2003, vol. 123, n°1, pp. 15-26.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Inference on inequality measures: A Monte Carlo experiment. Journal of Economics, 2002, Suppl. issue 9, pp. 283–306. (Supplement issue on Inequalities: Theory, Measurement and Applications edited by Moyes, P., Seidl Chr. and A.F. Shorrocks).
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Une perspective longitudinale sur la pauvreté en Belgique. Reflets et perspectives de la vie économique, 2002, vol.41, n°3, pp. 23–36.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Low income turnover in Belgium: How much is there? Journal of Economics, 2002, Suppl. issue 9, pp. 341–363. (Supplement issue on Inequalities: Theory, Measurement and Applications edited by Moyes, P., Seidl Chr. and A.F. Shorrocks.).
  • VAN KERM Philippe, JENKINS Stephen P. Generalized Lorenz curves and related graphs: An update for Stata 7. The Stata Journal, 2001, vol. 1, n°1, pp. 107–112.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Computing poverty indices. Stata Technical Bulletin, 1999, n°48, pp. 29–33. Reprinted in Stata Technical Bulletin, 1999, vol. 8, pp. 274-278.
  • JENKINS Stephen P., VAN KERM Philippe. Generalized Lorenz curves and related graphs. Stata Technical Bulletin, 1999, n°48, pp. 25–29. Reprinted in Stata Technical Bulletin Reprints, 1999, vol.8, pp. 269-274.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Simple and multiple correspondence analysis in Stata. Stata Technical Bulletin, 1998, n°42, pp. 32–37. Reprinted in Stata Technical Bulletin Reprints, vol.7, pp. 210-217.


Book Chapters

    COWELL Frank, NOLAN Brian, OLIVERA Javier, VAN KERM Philippe. Wealth, top incomes and inequality. In: Kirk Hamilton and Cameron Hepburn (Eds.) National Wealth: What is missing, why it matters. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 175-206.
  • JENKINS Stephen P., VAN KERM Philippe. How does attrition affect estimates of persistent poverty rates? The case of EU-SILC. In: Anthony B. Atkinson, Anne-Catherine Guio and Eric Marlier (Eds.) Monitoring social inclusion in Europe. Luxembourg: Publications office of the European Union, 2017, pp. 401-418.
  • VAN LANCKER Wim, MARCHAL Sarah, SCHUERMAN Nathalie, VAN MECHELEN Natascha, VAN KERM Philippe. Les répercussions du chômage sur les revenus en belgique dans une perspective comparative. In: PANNECOUCKE I., LAHAYE W., VRANKEN J. & VAN ROSSEM R (Eds.) Pauvreté en Belgique, Annuaire 2015. Academia Press, 2015, pp. 197-222.
  • FUSCO Alessio, VAN KERM Philippe, ALIEVA Aigul (et al.) Luxembourg : has inequality grown enough to matter ? In: NOLAN B., SALVERDA W., CHECCHI D., MARX I., McKNIGHT A., TOTH I., VAN DE WERFHORST W. (Eds.) Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries Experiences. Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 437-458.
  • JANTTI Markus, SIERMINSKA Eva, VAN KERM Philippe. The Joint Distribution of Income and Wealth. In: GORNICK J, JANTTI M. Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013, pp. 312-333.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Extreme incomes and the estimation of poverty and inequality indicators from EU-SILC. In: Comparative EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions: Issues and Challenges. Eurostat, European Commission, 2007, pp. 83–94.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Gender differences in wage growth and promotion in Luxembourg. In: MAHY B., PLASMAN R. & RYCKX F.(eds). Gender pay differentials: Cross-national evidence from micro-data. Palgrave MacMillan, 2006, Series: Applied Econometrics Association Series, pp.76–95.
  • VAN KERM Philippe. Une évaluation économétrique des flux vers et hors de la pauvreté en Belgique. In DOUTRELEPONT R., MORTELMANS D., CASMAN M-T.(eds). Onze ans de vie en Belgique. Gent: Academia Press, 2004, pp. 251–272.
  • GEVERS Louis, VAN KERM Philippe. Evolution récente de la dispersion des revenus et de la pauvreté en Belgique. Que nous apprennent les bases de données socio-économiques fédérales ? In: JURION B., PESTIEAU P. (eds). Finances publiques. Finances privées. Les Editions de l’Université de Liège, 2000, pp. 59–74.

Contributions to Conference Proceedings

  • MULQUIN Marie-Eve, VAN KERM Philippe. Une évaluation de la mobilité des revenus en Belgique sur base des trois premières vagues du PSBH. In: Portrait socio-économique de la Belgique. Treizième Congrès des Economistes belges de Langue française, Charleroi - Belgium: CiFoP, pp. 109–126.


  • VAN KERM Philippe. Essays on Income Mobility and Income Distribution Dynamics. PhD thesis. Namur - Belgium: Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, 2001.

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