Professor of Social Inequality and Social Policy
University of Luxembourg
Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research

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 M.A. degree in economics and social sciences and a Ph.D. 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, and 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) and of the Stata Journal (since 2018).

He was country team leader for Luxembourg in the EU FP7 project Growing Inequalities’ Impacts (GINI) and principal investigator on CORE and VIVRE research grants from the Luxembourg’s Fonds National de la Recherche for Advances in the Measurement of Discrimination, Inequality and Economic Mobility (2007-2009); Information and Wage Inequality (2010-2013); and Tax-Benefit Systems, Employment Structures and Cross-Country Differences in Income Inequality in Europe (2013-2017). He is currently the national leader for Luxembourg in the NORFACE project The Impact of Childhood Circumstances on Individual Outcomes over the Life-Course (IMCHILD, 2018-2020).

Areas of Expertise

Empirics of Income Distribution and Social Welfare

Applied Labour, Welfare, Public Economics

Inequality and Social Welfare: Measurement, Modeling, Inference, Empirics

Survey Statistics and Statistical Computing

Income Dynamics
Social Mobility
Wage Differentials
Wealth Inequality