General Manager

We invite applications for a General Manager (GM) position. The GM will be in charge of the administrative management of the Lab.

Employment status: Full-time

Supervisor: Co-Directors

Duration of the contract: 12 months (possibility of permanent position afterwards)

Location: Paris, France

Starting date: As soon as possible

Compensation: Competitive and based on candidates’ CV. The prospective employee will benefit from the social benefits in place at PSE, i.e. health insurance, 50% of the cost of public transportation and restaurant vouchers.



The General Manager (Secrétaire Général.e) oversees the daily management of the Lab, of human relations and exchanges with the PSE administration as well as with external administrative partners. The General Manager can represent the WIL in external administrative reunions and meetings. The GM is appointed by and under the supervision of WIL co-directors.

The GM is responsible for the management of coordinators and of the central team and ensures that deliverables are produced in due time. The GM sets up WIL meetings and is responsible for taking minutes of meetings. The GM oversees the administrative work related to contracts with WIL salaried personnel and external service providers. The GM oversees WIL’s grants and supervises exchanges with PSE accounting and administrative services. The GM provides support to WIL directors and coordinators for the development of new grants. The GM can represent WIL in administrative meetings with PSE and other institutions within PSE.


The GM has 10+ years professional experience, with a solid background in management and good understanding of how research institutions function. The GM also has expert knowledge in research-policy interface. Candidates are expected to have a BSc or MSc in science, social sciences or management, or related fields.

Other skills include: English and French fluency, working knowledge of human relations processes, experience in a managerial role, strong decision-making capabilities, above-average communication and collaboration skills, proven ability to develop and maintain work plans, ability to motivate team members. The GM will not be in charge of the scientific management of the Lab, but ability to understand the topic will be required.


  • Management of WIL contracts and grants and support to new partnership developments
  • Administrative support to team members
  • Coordination of exchanges between WIL research teams and PSE administration services
  • Coordination of WIL team’s time sheets
  • In charge of WIL human relations and WIL team’s annual evaluations
  • Organization of WIL meetings and minutes of meetings
  • Coordination of activity reports along with the communication manager
  • Support to organization of events


Your application is to be sent electronically to the following address, while specifying “Application – General Manager” in the subject line.  Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis according to the applications received.  Applications should be written in English and include a CV and a cover letter.

The WIL is an equal opportunity employer. All our positions are open to people with disabilities.


The World Inequality (WIL) is research laboratory focusing on the study of inequality worldwide. The WIL hosts the World Inequality Database, the most extensive public database on global inequality dynamics. The core missions of the WIL are the extension of the World Inequality Database, the publication of working papers, reports and methodological handbooks on the different facets of socio-economic inequality and the dissemination of research findings in academia and in the media. The WIL regroups about twenty researchers and professionals based at the Paris School of Economics and coordinates a network of over 100 scholars affiliated to the World Inequality Database. The WIL is hosted by the Paris School of Economics.

PSE – Paris School of Economics is a private non-profit research foundation. PSE develops economic research of the highest international standard and disseminates the results. It brings together a community of 140 researchers and around 200 PhD students, and offers teaching in Masters, PhD, Summer School and Executive Education programs at the cutting edge of the discipline. Now firmly established as a feature on the global academic landscape, PSE breaks down all kinds of barriers to attain its goal of excellence: it brings together universities and grandes écoles, promotes exchanges between economics and the other social sciences, delivers its scholarship to a broad public, and supports the work of its teams in multiple partnerships with public institutions and private organisations.


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(Benjamin Grillet, François Prosper, Brice Terdjman, Anthony Veyssière)


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Aliquidstudio (Benjamin Grillet)


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What is 

For more information on and its history, click here.

For more information on the network of researchers, click here.

For more information on methodology, click here.

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I encounter technical problems on, what should I do? 

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What distinguishes’s inequality data from the OECD, the World Bank, or other inequality data providers?

Only few institutions provide inequality estimates and those who do so (e.g. the the OECD or the World Bank data portals) rely for the most part on household surveys. One key problem with surveys, however, is that they are based upon self-reporting and are well known to underestimate top incomes and top wealth shares. In addition, surveys only cover a limited time span and make it impossible to offer a long-term perspective on inequality trends.

In contrast, combines national accounts and survey data with fiscal data sources. This allows us to release inequality estimates that are more reliable – from the bottom to the top of the distribution of income and wealth – and also that span over much longer periods.

The data series provided in should however not be seen as perfect and definitive: existing series are continuously updated and improved by fellows, following new raw data releases or conceptual and methodological improvements. All the methodological followed to construct our series can be found in country-specific papers in our methodology library or in the DINA guidelines.

Should you have further questions on the data, do not hesitate to contact us.

What distinguishes’s national accounts data from the UN, the IMF, the World Bank, or other national accounts data providers?

Estimates for national accounts (such as national income and national wealth) found on and on international statistical institutions databases are generally consistent, buy can vary for several reasons.

First, we release detailed series for national wealth accounts, which usually cannot be found on other portals. Next, we include corrections for offshore wealth and offshore capital income, so that our series on foreign capital income inflows and outflows are consistent at the global level (e.g. they sum to zero), which is typically not the case in existing databases.

Finally, reliable series for the consumption of fixed capital (capital depreciation) estimates are not readily available for a large number of countries, so we combine various sources and develop new methods to derive consistent global series.

As a consequence, we are able to offer consistent global series on national income – i.e. GDP minus consumption of fixed capital, plus net foreign income – which do not exist elsewhere. uses 2011 Purchasing Power Parity round for international comparisons. It should also be noted that default monetary values for Eurozone countries are displayed in PPP Euros and are thus different from Market exchange rate Euros. A Eurozone country with high relative prices will have a lower PPP Euro average income values. Market exchange rates values can be obtained in our custom menus.

All these methodological choices can explain slightly different values between and other data portals. They are described in the Metadata associated to each variable and in the associated methodological documents. See in particular the « World National Accounts Series Methodology » (here) and the « Distributional National Accounts Guidelines » (there).

In addition, it should be noted that there are specific countries such as China where there is substantial controversy about price deflators and aggregate real growth. In such cases we review all existing series and attempt to combine them in the most sensible manner. This is fully explained in the country-specific papers.

Should you have further questions on the data, do not hesitate to contact us.

There are already many on line economic data portals, why using 

Over the past decades, the increase in economic inequalities was largely driven by a rise in income and wealth accruing to the top of the distribution. However, household surveys, the data sources traditionally used to observe these dynamics, do not capture these evolution very well. They provide useful information and cover a lot of countries but do not inform adequately on income and wealth levels of the richest individuals. overcomes this limitation by combining different data sources: national accounts, survey data, fiscal data, and wealth rankings. By doing so, it becomes possible to track very precisely the evolution of all income or wealth levels, from the bottom to the top. The key novelty of the project is to use such data in a systematic manner, allowing comparisons between countries and over long time periods.

For more information on what you will find (and will not find) on, click here.

What is the meaning of the economic concepts used on 

We try our best to use economic concepts which are consistent with national accounting (i.e. the system used for measuring the economic activity of a nation) and that can also make sense for the general public. On each graph, users can click on the “?” icon and will find the definition of the concepts at stake.

Users can also use our quick-search glossary to find the definition they want.

How is funded? is entirely funded by public, non-profit actors and personal donations.

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