Background and purpose

The Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ) has been founded in Palma de Mallorca in July 2005 as a not-for-profit association supporting the study of economic inequality and related fields (see list of founding members). The aims of the Society are:

To provide an international forum for all researchers interested in the study of economic inequality and related fields, bringing together the diversity of perspectives (theoretical and empirical, micro and macro, and so on);

To improve the interaction between researchers, policy makers and all the actors interested in understanding the determinants as well as the implications of economic inequality and poverty.

ECINEQ has now over 200 members from more than seventy countries, affiliated with universities or the civil service.


The Society will hold a conference each two years in which ECINEQ promotes academic debates and exchanges of opinions on inequality, poverty and other topics of common interest and through which it contributes to the worldwide dissemination of the results of scholarly work and practical experiences in this field. ECINEQ aims at achieving high scholarly standards in both the selection of topics and their debates, whether they concern theoretical issues, empirical analyses or the implementation of policies.

The conferences will be held each time in a different country, the local organizer being in charge of its technical organization while the program of the conference is the responsibility of the President-Elect of ECINEQ who heads a scientific program committee. The themes of the conference are selected for their intellectual and topical interest. The conference includes also a number of "Open Sessions" where scholars working in the field can present their ongoing work to international colleagues.

The Seventh ECINEQ Meeting 2017 has taken place on JULY 17 18 19, 2017 in NEW YORK CITYhosted by the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality (home to the US Office of LIS) at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, located in midtown Manhattan.

Information about the programme is available on  the conference section on the left hand side of this page. 

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The call for the organization of the Eight ECINEQ meeting (Summer 2019) is avaialble on the Announcements section on the left hand side of this page  (deadline June 15th, 2018).


Anthony Atkinson

It is with great sadness that we record the death of Professor Sir Anthony Barnes Atkinson - Tony Atkinson - on 1st January 2017. 

Please find HERE the first version of an informal document of appreciation of the many things that he accomplished for our Society and for our discipline.

ECINEQ Executive Committee: Frank Cowell, Xavi Ramos, Martin Ravallion, Claudio Zoli.

Publication activities

The diffusion of the scientific advances among colleagues and to the society at large will be a major concern of ECINEQ. For this reason we publish the ECINEQ Working Paper Series.

We have also reached an important agreement with Springer Verlag: The Journal of Economic Inequality is the official journal of ECINEQ starting from January 1, 2008.



The Society will organize periodically workshops on particular topics of interest in which researchers, especially young researchers, will present their ongoing work to other colleagues and also to policy makers. The objective of these workshops is twofold: to exchange new ideas with other researchers working in the field and to improve the interaction with policy makers and other actors interested by inequality and poverty related issues.