The International Associated Laboratory (LIA) CHINEQ Inequalities in China : Empirical and Experimental Approaches has been established in 2014 for a duration of 4 years. It is built upon a strong collaboration in research and training between the Groupe d’Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE Lyon Saint-Etienne) and the Business School at Beijing Normal University (BNU-BS). The objective of the LIA is to reinforce the existing cooperation between the two teams and to promote new research and training activities in the field of economic inequalities.
What is a LIA? In order to structure collaboration between two research teams or laboratories (one in France and the other abroad) that already have joint publications, the creation of an International Associated Laboratory (LIA), a “laboratory without walls”, can be requested. The relationship between the two partners is formalized through a contract signed by the heads of both organizations, with provisions covering issues such as intellectual property rights. Human and material resources are pooled to carry out the project. Teams or laboratories associated through an LIA retain their separate autonomy, status, Director and location. The LIA activities are coordinated by two co-principal investigators and by a scientific steering committee.