Ive Marx is Professor at the University of Antwerp and Director of the Centre for Social Policy Herman Deleeck. He served as Chair of the Department of Sociology from 2012 until 2018. He is chair of the interdisciplinary Bachelor and Master Programme in Socio-Economic Sciences.

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 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), the EQUALSOC Network of Excellence, FP7 projects GINI and IMPROVE, in the last two in coordinating capacities.

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 with Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Routledge, Edward Elgar and other international 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, Social Forces, European Sociological Review, etc.

He sits on the editorial boards of Social Forces, Journal of Social PolicySocial Inclusion and European Policy Analysis.

He is also a member of the board of Espanet, Europe's leading network of social policy researchers.

He is a columnist for Belgium's main broadsheet De Standaard.

Recent additions include: 

Raz-Yurovich Liat, Marx Ive (2019), Outsourcing housework and highly skilled women's labour force participation : an analysis of a policy intervention, in European sociological review - ISSN 1468-2672 - (2019), p. 1-20

Marx, I. (2019) "Belgium: Is strong social concertation a driver of upward social convergence?" Forthcoming in Vaughan-Whitehead, D. (ed), Towards Convergence in Europe, Edward Elgar

Marx, I. & G. Verbist (2018), Belgium, a poster child for inclusive growth? In Brian Nolan (ed.), Inequality and Inclusive Growth in Rich Countries Shared Challenges and Contrasting Fortunes, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018

Marx, I. & L. Van Cant (2017) Belgium, or robust social concertation providing a buffer against growing inequality? Forthcoming in Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead (ed.), Reducing Inequalities in the World of Work, Edward Elgar, 2017

Sarah Marchal, Ive Marx, Gerlinde Verbist 'Income Support Policies for the Working Poor',  in Lohmann, H. and I. Marx (eds) Handbook on In-Work Poverty, Edward Elgar

Lane Kenworthy and Ive Marx 'In-work Poverty in the United States',  in Lohmann, H. and I. Marx (eds) Handbook on In-Work Poverty, Edward Elgar

Marchal, S. and I. Marx (2017), "Stemming the tide: What have EU countries and the US done to support low-wage workers in an era of downward wage pressures?" in Journal of European Social Policy

Mussche, N., Corluy, V. and I. Marx (2018), "The rise of the free movements - How posting shapes a hybrid single European labour market", in Eur. J of Industrial Relations

Raz-Yurevitch, L. and I. Marx (2017), " What Does State-Subsidized Outsourcing of Domestic Work do for Women’s Employment? The Belgian Service Voucher Scheme", in Journal of European Social Policy

Bart, S., Marx, I., Neyt, B., Van Belle, E. & Van Casteren, J. (2017) Student employment and academic performance: an empirical exploration of the primary orientation theory, Applied Economics Letters, Published online: 21 Jun 2017

Marx, I, Salanauskaite, L. and G. Verbist (2016), "For the poor, but not only the poor: on the optimal design of redistributive policy", in: Social Forces 95 (1), 1-24

Kuypers, S. and I. Marx (2016), "Estimation of joint income-wealth poverty: A sensitivity analysis", in Social Indicators Research

Horemans, J., Marx, I. and B. Nolan (2016), "Hanging in, but only just: part-time employment and in-work poverty throughout the crisis", IZA Journal of European Labor Studies (2016) 5:5 

Marchal, S., Marx, I and N. Van Mechelen (2016), "Minimum income protection in the austerity tide", IZA Journal of European Labor Studies (2016) 5:4

Sarah Kuypers, Ive Marx (2016), 'Social Consertation and Middle Class Stability in Belgium', in Europe's disappearing middle class? Evidence from the world of work / Vaughan-Whitehead, D. [edit.] - ISBN 978-1-78643-059-5 - Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, p. 112-159 

Ive Marx, Brian Nolan (2015), ‘In-work poverty’ in: Reconciling work and poverty reduction : how successful are European welfare states? / Cantillon, Bea [edit.]; Oxford University Press, 2014-p.134-156

Ive Marx, Brian Nolan, Javier Olivera. “The welfare state and anti-poverty policy” in Handbook on income distribution : volume 2A / Atkinson, Anthony B. and François Bourguignon [edit.]; et al., Amsterdam Elsevier, 2014-p.2063-2139

Sarah Marchal, Ive Marx,Natascha Van Mechelen “The great wake-up call? Social citizenship and minimum income provisions in Europe in times of crisis”, in Journal of social policy, 43:2(2014)p.247-267

Tim Van Rie, Ive Marx. “Belgium : when growing background inequalities meet resilient institutions”, in Changing inequalities and societal impacts in rich countries : thirty countries' experiences / Nolan, Brian [edit.]; Oxford University Press, 2014-p.126-151

Ive Marx,Gerlinde Verbist. “The policy response : boosting employment and social investment” in Changing Inequalities and societal impacts in rich countries : analytical and comparative perspectives / Salverda, Wiemer [edit.]; Oxford University Press, 2014-p.265-293

Ive Marx,Tim Van Rie. “The policy response to inequality : redistributing income”, in Changing inequalities and societal impacts in rich countries : analytical and comparative perspectives / Salverda, Wiemer [edit.]; e.a. Oxford University Press, 2014-p.239-264

Marx, I. (2013), “Why Direct Income Redistribution Matters if We Are Really Concerned with Reducing Poverty” Intereconomics, Vol 48, No. 6· November/December

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 2013.

'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, published as IZA DP8154 .

Together with Henning Lohmann he has edited The Handbook of In-Work Poverty, published with Edward Elgar (2018). 

A handbook on ‘in-work poverty’ research is long overdue. Here we have a very complete and compelling review of the policy connections between work and low income status from a world class set of contributors. The volume manages to touch on almost all of the key issues related to the world-wide adoption of in-work anti-poverty policies and how they interact with institution, families and society. Bravo!’

– Timothy M. Smeeding, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US


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