An important part of my research involves the development of data and tools for studying poverty, inequality and social policy.
Tools and metadata regarding the analysis of the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC):
- Sampling variance of estimates based on EU-SILC: Reconstruct the sample design variables for correct standard error estimation
- MetaSILC 2015: on the contents and comparability of the EU-SILC income variables
- A research note and STATA do-files for reconstructing the European Socio-economic classification (ESeC) in EU-SILC
Tools and data for the comparative analysis of poverty and social policy:
- The Hypothetical Household Simulation Tool (HHoT) in EUROMOD
- Comparable reference budgets for adequate social participation
- The CSB Minimum Income Protection Indicators Database (CSB-MIPI)
I also work on collecting new microdata, and making new combinations of existing microdata for studying poverty, inequality and social policy: (**under construction**)
- The TAKE survey to study the non-take-up of social benefits in Belgium (online survey; and a combination of social security data, tax register data and a face-to-face survey)
- PEACH2AIR data: to study the distribution of greenhouse gas emissions in Belgium
- Making new combinations of existing microdata (all with reference to Belgian data) including combining social security registers with the cancer register, EU-SILC with data on water consumption from the Flemish Environment Agency, combining health data from CM (the biggest Belgian health insurer), with an online survey; and combining tax register data with the Household Budget Survey, EU-SILC, and other register data.
I have also contributed to several of the major comparative surveys on income and living conditions in Europe. Since 2011 I am an expert member of the Network for the Analysis of EU-SILC (Net-SILC 2 and Net-SILC 3), and since 2017 I am a member of the Sampling and Weighting Expert Panel of the European Social Survey (ESS). I have also been Country team leader for Flanders (Belgium) of the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) (2016-2018).