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Elections in America: It is also about rising equality by Nora Lustig

In a recent Washington Post article, President Obama was quoted saying “When we see people, global elites, wealthy corporations seemingly living by a different set of rules, avoiding taxes, manipulating loopholes … this feeds a profound sense of injustice.”[2] So, why did so many of the victims of such injustice vote for one of the … Continue reading »

CEQ Working Paper published in World Development Journal

Commitment to Equity Working Paper No. 20 “Fiscal Policy, Inequality and the Ethnic Divide in Guatemala” by Maynor Cabrera, Nora Lustig, and Hilcías Morán has been published in the prestigious academic journal World Development!  Link here

A missing target in the SDGs: Tax systems should not reduce the income of the poor

A new blog post on the International Growth Center‘s website outlines why the Sustainable Development Goals needs to take what the net effect of all governments taxing and spending has on the poor. In many cases, the poor are left worse off by tax and transfer programs. “As it stands, the SDGs list of targets would … Continue reading »

Nora Lustig to serve on the World Bank’s Commission on Global Poverty

Nora Lustig will serve on the World Bank’s Commission on Global Poverty announced today. The Commission’s mandate is to report on the best ways to measure and monitor poverty and deprivation around the world. The new Commission, made up of 24 leading international economists, will be chaired by Sir Anthony Atkinson, a leading authority on … Continue reading »

IDS blog post: The Sustainable Development Goals – Reject Tax Targeting

The Co-Facilitators of the Third International Financing for Development Conference that will be held in Addis Ababa this coming July, are proposing “tax targeting” as a mechanism to promote equity in developing countries. Mick Moore, Nora Lustig, Richard Bird, Nancy Birdsall, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Richard Manning and Wilson Prichard demonstrate that this tactic would in fact … Continue reading »

Center for Global Development Publishes CEQ Working Paper

Fiscal Policy, Inequality, and the Ethnic Divide in Guatemala – Working Paper 397 by Maynor Cabrera, Nora Lustig and Hilcías Moran Abstract Guatemala is one of the most unequal countries in Latin America and has the highest incidence of poverty. The indigenous population is more than twice as likely to be poor than the nonindigenous … Continue reading »

Two New CEQ Working Papers Now Available

Commitment to Equity is pleased to announce the availability of two new working papers published this past January. Click the title below to view: No. 22: Fiscal Policy and Ethno-Racial Inequality in Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala and Uruguay. By Nora Lustig No. 27: Public Transfer and Poverty Reduction: An Evaluation of Program Contribution to the Exit … Continue reading »

Pro-poor spending reduces poverty in Ethiopia

The World Bank has released the Ethiopia Poverty Assessment, a country with one of the highest poverty rates in the world in 2000. Today, the country has seen a 33% reduction in poverty (down from 44% in 2000) thanks to agricultural growth and pro-poor spending. Additionally, Ethiopia is one of the most equal countries in Africa, … Continue reading »

Guatemala CEQ Policy Assessment Now Available

Commitment to Equity, in conjunction with Tulane University and the Inter-American Dialogue are pleased to announce the availability of the CEQ Policy Assessment on Guatemala (by Maynor Cabrera, Nora Lustig, and Hilcías E. Morán). Abstract: In 2010, according to the CEQ analysis for Guatemala, fiscal policy did almost nothing to change inequality and poverty. Recent developments on … Continue reading »

“Making Discovery and Change Possible” Article in Tulane School of Liberal Arts Newsletter

Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts featured a piece on Prof. Lustig and the Gates Foundation funding of the Commitment to Equity initiative: “Through the Gates grant, I can support my graduate students and expand the reach of the CEQ project to new limits. I can travel and learn about new places such as Ghana and … Continue reading »

The National Treasury of South Africa / World Bank Workshop: “Fiscal Policy and Redistribution in an Unequal Society”

All presentations from the workshop on the relationship between fiscal sustainability, redistribution, and social spending are now available online at the National Treasury’s website. The workshop opened by the Minister of Finance and held in Pretoria, South Africa on November 5th, sought to inform discussion about South Africa’s fiscal choices as it implements the National … Continue reading »

In Focus: World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an institution that provides a unique environment for politicians, business leaders, academics and others to exchange ideas to improve the state of the world. This week, Olli Rehn, VP of the European Parliament, posted an article addressing three key questions for public finance: – What kind of policy mix of … Continue reading »

Announcing Publication of CEQ Guatemala Paper

Commitment to Equity’s 20th Working Paper “Fiscal Policy, Inequality, and the Ethnic Divide in Guatemala” is now available to download on commitmentoequity.org. Written by Maynor Cabrera (Fedes), Nora Lustig (Tulane University), and Hilcías E. Morán (Bank of Guatemala), the paper uses fiscal incidence analysis to show that takes and transfers do almost nothing to reduce … Continue reading »

Presentation at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

This past Tuesday, September 2nd, Prof. Nora Lustig gave a presentation on the Impact of Fiscal Policy on Inequality and Poverty in Developing Countries. This presentation was part of an ongoing Seminar series at UNAM that focuses on “la cuestión Social”, the theme this week was “Política fiscal, equidad y transparencia”. Prof. Lustig presented recent … Continue reading »

CEQ partners with the Center for Global Development

We are pleased to announce a new Commitment to Equity (CEQ)partnership with the Center for Global Development (CGD). CGD works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for us all. CGD’s role as a partner of CEQ … Continue reading »

New CGD Partnership: Commitment to Equity Assessments of Impact of Fiscal Policy

Announcing a new CGD partnership with CGD non-resident fellow Nora Lustig’s brainchild called the Commitment to Equity (CEQ) project. Launched as a joint initiative of the Inter-American Dialogue and Tulane University in 2008, the CEQ consists of a network of economists who are undertaking detailed, data-rich analyses of the impact of taxation and social spending on inequality and poverty in more than 20 … Continue reading »

The Redistributive Impact of Taxes and Social Spending in Latin America. Special Issue. Public Finance Review, May 2014, Volume 42, Issue 3, edited by Lustig, Pessino and Scott is out!

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Nora Lustig appointed Vice-chair of Global Development Network’s Board of Directors Jan 2014.

Publication of CEQ Working Paper #16: Comparing the Incidence of Taxes and Social Spending in Brazil and the United States

Announcing the publication of the 16th working paper of the Commitment to Equity Project, by Sean Higgins, Nora Lustig, Whitney Ruble and Timothy Smeeding. Click here to view! Abstract: We perform the first comprehensive fiscal incidence analyses in Brazil and the US, including direct cash and food transfers, targeted housing and heating subsidies, public spending … Continue reading »

Gates Foundation awards US$580,000 to Nora Lustig to apply the CEQ in Ghana and Tanzania

Nora Lustig –Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Economics, senior associate research fellow at CIPR and nonresident fellow at the Center for Global Development and the Inter-American Dialogue– has been awarded a US$580,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in low-income countries. Lustig … Continue reading »