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About the LISER

LISER is a public research institution in Luxembourg. It develops socio-economic research at national and international levels. It also designs surveys, collects data and produces statistical analysis of various types. The centre favours a multidisciplinary approach to research and its researchers are from different fields: economy, sociology, geography and political sciences. 

AFRILUX is a research unit at LISER. The unit develops evidence-based research for development and promotes interactions between researchers interested in development from developed and developing countries. Research topics are mainly related to labour market, education, health and gender. It emphasises collaboration with researchers based in developing countries. AFRILUX also promotes the mobility of researchers based in poor countries and devotes resources to capacity building of policy makers. 


NOPOOR is a large scale project funded by the EU commission through the FP7 framework. It aims at providing new and specific knowledge on several dimensions related to poverty. Afrilux intervenes more specifically on two aspects of this large project. First of all, we lead a work package whose objective is to build a data warehouse, to enhance data exchange during the project. Secondly, we also contribute to scientific production on different issues. One is on the reassessment of the usual concept of poverty in order to revise the MDG, notably the first target of poverty eradication, and to improve and implement methods to better measure multidimensional poverty. Another thematic where our contribution is significant is on the analysis of the impact of social network on labor market outcomes. Finally we will also analyze the differential impact of climate change on depletion of natural resources and food security in Malian rural areas.

Coordinator of Nopoor at LISER

The CDD Nopoor team is coordinated by Mathias Kuepie, with other researchers taking part, as MISANGUMUKINI Nicais and TENIKUE Michel.    

Mathias Kuépié is researcher at LISER and the coordinator of AFRILUX Unit. He works mainly on household’s socioeconomic behaviour including family dynamics, labour market, living conditions and schooling. He has co-authored papers published in Journal of Comparative Economics (1), in STATECO (2) and in African Population Studies (1). He is also author of chapters in numerous books. 

Michel Tenikue is researcher at LISER and associate researcher at CRED, University of Namur. He works on development economics with a micro-economics approach. His research is related to labour market, education, health, microinsurance and micro-credit. He has co-authored papers published in the Journal of African Economies and in Annals of Public and Comparative Economics. 

Sandrine Aïda Koissy-Kpein is an economist. She received her PhD (in 2008) in economics from the University of Nantes (France). Her past work at AFRILUX mainly focused on gender and household decisions on schooling and child labour. Her research interests include gender, education, child labour, food security and agricultural productivity, the marriage market and negotiation between spouses, and development economics. 

Bertrand Verheyden is an economist (Ph.D. in Economics in 2008 from University of Namur). He is also associate researcher at CRED, University of Namur and invited professor at University of Namur since September 2008. His research is related to the microeconomic theory and microeconometrics of development economics. His area of research interests pertain to education and child labour, micro-insurance and migration and remittances. He has co-authored papers published in the Journal of African Economies and in Reflets et perspectives de la vie économique.


LISER is familiar in disseminating database. The Centre has an infrastructure to disseminate micro-data achieves. Currently AFRILUX is completing a project in Senegal that aims to understand how households mitigate consequences of health chocks. The unit is running a project in urban West African to study the link between trader’s networks and its businessperformance.

Relevant references

Kuépié M., Nordman C.J. & Roubaud F. (2009) “Education and Earnings in Urban West Africa”, Journal of Comparative Economics, 37(3), pp. 491-515.

Doumbia Gakou A. & Kuépié M., 2008, «Niveau et déterminants de l’insertion des femmes sur le marché du travail au Mali» STATECO n° 103

Brilleau A., Coulibaly S., Gubert F., Koriko O., Kuépié et Ouedraogo E., 2005, «Le secteur informel : Performances, insertion, perspectives, enquête 1-2-3 phase 2», STATECO N°99

Tenikue M. & Verheyden B., 2010. «Birth Order and Schooling: Theory and Evidence from Twelve Sub-Saharan Countries», Journal of African Economies, Oxford University Press, vol. 19(4), pages 459-495

Tenikue M., 2010, Gender Gap in Current School Enrolment in Cameroon: Selection Among «Irregular» Children?, CEPS Working Paper Series 2010-03, CEPS