Philippe Van Kerm


  • 11, Porte des Sciences, Maison des Sciences Humaines

    L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette/Belval



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Research summary

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. 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 and the University of Leuven and is currently a fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of Essex), the Institute for New Economic Thinking (University of Oxford). the Stone Center on Socioeconomic Inequality (City University of New York) and ZEW Mannheim.

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), ‘Tax-benefit systems, employment structures and cross-country differences in income inequality in Europe’ (2013-2017), and is currently the national leader for Luxembourg in the NORFACE project ‘The impact of childhood circumstances on individual outcomes over the life-course’ (IMCHILD, 2018-2021).      

Education/Academic qualification

Economics and business, PhD, Université de Namur


Award Date: 1 Oct 2001

External positions

Affiliated Scholar, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, City University of New York


Senior Associate, Institute for New Economic Thinking, University of Oxford

2018 → …

Professor of Social Inequality and Social Policy, Université du Luxembourg

1 Apr 2017 → …

Research associate, University of Essex

2016 → …


  • HA Statistics
  • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare

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