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The World Inequality Lab

The World Inequality Lab aims to promote research on global inequality dynamics. Its core mission is to maintain and expand the World Wealth and Income Database. It also produces inequality reports and working papers addressing substantive and methodological issues.

It is located at the Paris School of Economics and comprises a small team of about ten permanent staff members and research assistants. The World Inequality Lab works in close coordination with the large international network (over ninety researchers covering nearly seventy countries) contributing to the database and is supervised and coordinated by the same executive committee and coordination team as the WID (The World Wealth and Income Database).

In addition to the year-round updates to the database and working papers, the World Inequality Lab publishes an annual World Inequality Report. The objective is to highlight new findings and research analysis emanating from the database, and to draw implications for the global inequality debate. The World Inequality Report aims to become the reference global report on inequality and to attract extensive coverage in the international media. The first report will be published in 2017.

The First Conference will be hosted by the Paris School of Economics on December 14th and 15th, 2017.