Dr. Ive Marx

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E-mail: ive.marx@uantwerpen.be
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Ive Marx took degrees in Political and Social Sciences and in Economics. He directs research on minimum income protection and poverty, especially in relation to labour market change and migration at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy.


He is Associate Professor at the University of Antwerp and Chair of the Department of Sociology there.


He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor IZA in Bonn.


He was involved in the European Low Wage Research Network (LoWER) that ran from 1996 until 2008. He is also involved in the EQUALSOC Network of Excellence and he currently coordinates the Policy Work Package within the FP7 GINI Project. He is stream leader and work package coordinator in the FP7 project IMPROVE.


His main research interest is labour market and welfare state change in relation to the distribution of income, with a particular focus on poverty. He has published extensively on the issue of in-work poverty and minimum income protection. He has published books and book chapters with Amsterdam University Press, Palgrave MacMillan, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Edward Elgar and other publishers. Journal articles have appeared in International Labour Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Social Policy, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Common Market Studies, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Ethical Perspectives, European Journal of Social Security, Journal of European Social Policy, ...


He has acted as a consultant for the European Commission and the OECD in various capacities and also for the ILO, the World Bank, and other organisations.


The volume 'Minimum Income Protection in Flux', co-edited with Kenneth Nelson (SOFI) has appeared in Palgrave Macmillan's Work and Welfare Series in November 2012.


'This book surely deserves an award for its timeliness - and also for its scholarly qualities. It offers a coverage of the key issues related to minimum income protection policies that is simply unmatched, be it in terms of thoroughness, reach or depth: a must-read contribution for anyone working in the social policy field.' - Gosta Esping-Andersen, Professor of Sociology at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

'Significant work providing a rich overview of minimum income systems, highly relevant to the current and future EU social policy debate.' - László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Belgium


'We live in a world with ever-increasing inequality in rich European and Anglo -Saxon nations. The minimum income question – the basic right of all persons, especially vulnerable ones like children and the elderly, to sufficient resources to live in a manner compatible with human dignity – takes on new importance in such a world. I urge all who are interested in poverty and inequality, especially policy makers and advocates, to read Marx and Nelson for a refreshing, sobering and important take on the minimum income question.' - Timothy M. Smeeding, Director for the Institute for Research on Poverty and A & S Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, USA


'This volume provides the most authoritative comparative analysis of policy developments in the realm of minimum income rotection available today. Based on unique up-to-date institutional data and rigorous analyses, it yields new insights and is essential reading for all who care about changing welfare states.' - Walter Korpi, Professor of Social Policy, Stockholm University, Sweden.


He is co-editor of a two volume book on changing inequalities and societal impacts published with Oxford University Press . The two volumes contain the main results of the FP7 GINI Project.


Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries' Experiences

Changing Inequalities in Rich CountriesAnalytical and Comparative Perspectives


Together with Brian Nolan and Javier Olivera he wrote the chapter on The Welfare State and Anti-Poverty Policy, in A.B Atkinson and F. Bourguignon Handbook of Income distribution. Elsevier/North Holland, als published as IZA DP8154 .


Together with Henning Lohmann he is currently editing The Handbook of In-Work Poverty, to be published with Edward Elgar. 

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