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Lucas Chancel

Lucas Chancel

Codirector of the World Inequality Lab

Lecturer Sciences Po

Campus Jourdan – 48 boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris

5th floor, office 03

Phone +33(0)1 80 52 16 83

  • Environmental Economics & Natural resources
  • Wealth, income and redistribution

Lucas Chancel is codirector of the World Inequality Lab and of the World Wealth and Income Database ( at the Paris School of Economics, which he joined in 2015. He lectures at Sciences Po in the Master of Public Policy on the economics of inequality and sustainable development. He is also senior research fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations since 2011, where he conducts research on the social dimension of sustainable development. 

Lucas also worked as a consultant for The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI, New Delhi, India) and for the European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER, Karlsruhe, Germany). He was also a visiting researcher at the United Nations Habitat Program.  He holds an MSc in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po, Ensae and Ecole Polytechnique, an MSc Energy science from Imperial College London and a BSc in Physics and social sciences from Paris VI and Sciences Po.



Economics of inequality and sustainability (Sciences Po Master in Public Affairs) 


Recent publications: 


"World Inequality Report 2018" Harvard Univ. Press 2018 (with F. Alvaredo, T. Piketty, E. Saez, G. Zucman)

"Insoutenables inégalités: Pour une justice sociale et environnementale" (Ed. Les Petits Matins 2017, to be published in English by Harvard Univ. Press in 2018/2019)

Inequality reduction within countries: turning the global debate into action, Global Policy, with Tancrède Voituriez and Alex Hough (2017)

Distributed National Accounts (DINA) Guidelines, WID Methodology , with Facundo Alvaredo, Anthony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman (12/2016) 

World National Account Series, WID Methodology, with Thomas Blanchet (10/2016)

Carbon and inequality: from Kyoto to Paris, PSE working paper, with Thomas Piketty (11/2015)

Are younger generations higher carbon emitters than their elders?, Ecological Economics (2014)

World Wealth and Income Database:

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