Koen Decancq

I am an Associate Professor (ZAPBOF) at the Herman Deleeck centre for Social Policy of the University of Antwerp. My research focuses on the measurement of (multidimensional) inequality, poverty, and well-being with a special focus on the incorporation of individual preferences and the role of social policies.

I am also a parttime Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at KULeuven and a Research Fellow at the LSE (CPNSS) and U.C.Louvain (CORE).

Since 2016, I am the Country Team Leader of SHARE-Flanders.

I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality since 2019 and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Income and Wealth since 2018. With Philippe Van Kerm, I have edited the 27th Volume of Research on Economic Inequality. Together with Andreas Peichl and Philippe Van Kerm, I will be editing a special issue of the Journal of Economic Inequality on Pandemics and Economic Inequality.

Please find here my complete CV (May 2019).


Edited by Koen Decancq and Philippe Van Kerm

There is a great deal of coverage on inequality, and the key determinants of recent trends are increasingly well-documented. However, much less is known about the driving forces behind international differences in inequality.

The nine contributions collected in this book set out to examine the fundamental question of What Drives Inequality? These drivers may be so diverse and deep-rooted in the cultural, historical, or geographical characteristics of countries that one can hardly expect comprehensive models or clear-cut causal inference. Nevertheless, the research presented in this book unpacks the reasons behind the wide variations in inequality.

Looking across country boundaries, chapters featured include in-depth insights into inequality in Europe, India, and the United States. It provides new results on the impact of public goods and services and on the role of demographic, labor market and, most importantly, fiscal policy determinants. It also brings fresh evidence and perspectives on the measurement of inequality, by examining wealth or broader measures of well-being, and provides some insights about potential "deeper drivers" such as individual perceptions, preferences, and beliefs about inequality and redistribution.


[French version, Symposium, Conclusions and media coverage]

In dit boek argumenteren de auteurs dat geluk of levenstevredenheid geen goede maatstaf is voor het meten van welzijn. Zij stellen een alternatieve methode voor die niet enkel rekening houdt met de verschillende dimensies van welzijn, maar ook met het feit dat mensen hun eigen opvattingen hebben over wat belangrijk is in hun leven.

Een grootschalige enquête liet toe de verschillende aspecten van het individuele welzijn van de Belgen in kaart te brengen. Origineel is dat ruim aandacht besteed wordt aan de ongelijke verdeling van deze verschillende welzijnsaspecten binnen gezinnen.

De auteurs vormen een consortium van onderzoekers die werken aan de KU Leuven, de Université catholique de Louvain, de Université libre de Bruxelles en de Universiteit Antwerpen. Het onderzoek waarop dit boek gebaseerd is, werd gefinancierd door de Programmatorische Overheidsdienst Wetenschapsbeleid (BELSPO).