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 in the field of economics of inequality (see list of founding members).

The Society aims at providing an international forum for all researchers interested in the analysis of economic inequality and related fields, bringing together the diversity of perspectives, improving the interaction between researchers, policy makers and all the actors interested in understanding the determinants and the implications of economic inequality and its measurement.

Ecineq has now over 200 members from more than seventy countries, affiliated with universities and other institutions.


The Society holds a conference each two years with the aim of promoting the academic debate and the exchange of opinions on inequality, poverty and other topics on distributive issues that are of common interest. Through the conference, ECINEQ contributes to the worldwide dissemination of the results of scholarly works and practical experiences in this field. Only high quality and well advanced papers - concerning either theoretical issues, empirical analyses or the implementation of policies - are selected for presentation during the conference.

The conference is hosted each time by a different institution. The local organizer is in charge of its technical and logistical organization, while the the President-Elect of ECINEQ, with the help of a scientific committee, is in charge of the scientific program of the conference, which involves inviting the keynote speakers and selecting the papers to be presented.   

The conference includes three keynote lectures given by eminent scholars and a number of open parallel sessions where the authors of selected papers are invited to present the results of their work.

The Eighth ECINEQ Meeting 2019 took place on JULY 3-4-5, 2019 in PARIShosted by the Paris School of Economics and the World Inequality Lab.

For further information please contact the secretariat at

Publication activities

The Society publishes the ECINEQ Working Paper Series to allow for the diffusion of the scientific advances among colleagues and in the society at large.  

Starting from January 1, 2008, Journal of Economic Inequality has become the official journal of ECINEQ. 

Anthony Atkinson Obituaty

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 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.