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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 »

Fiscal Policy and Income Redistribution in Latin America: A CEQ Conference

CEQ Conference Held at Tulane University See Conference Agenda here October 17th, 2013 – October 18th, 2013 Thursday 5:00pm-6:30pm; Friday 8:30am to 6:00pm

Revised CEQ Handbook is Now Available

This handbook presents a step-by-step guide to applying the incidence analysis used in the multi-country Commitment to Equity project (CEQ). We define the pre- and post-net transfers income concepts, discuss the methodological assumptions used to construct them, explain how taxes, subsidies and transfers should be allocated at the household level, and suggestwhat to do when … Continue reading »

Current History presents a new e-book

Inequality on the Rise: A Current History Anthology Inequality is stirring controversy in developing and advanced economies alike. Perceptions of unfair disparities in incomes and opportunities can undermine the legitimacy of both authoritarian and democratic governments. Yet the problem is more complex than many on the right or left care to admit. Once it reaches … Continue reading »

Vox.LACEA Online Forum: The Redistributive Impact of Fiscal Policies

Nora Lustig introduces the discussion of Vox.LACEA’s online forum on the redistributive impact of fiscal policy based on incidence analysis for 7 Latin American countries

The BRICS Summit in Durban, South Africa: March 26th – 27th 2013

1. With the theme of ” BRICS and Africa -partnerships for integration and industrialisation” the BRICS Summit will spend a whole day in interaction with NEPAD on African development and BRICS support for African regional integration. 2. A BRICS Bank will be launched, agreed in some detail apparently. Capital will be equal shares of $10bn, … Continue reading »

Research from CEQ Colombia Used at World Bank Equity Day

On Tuesday, March 12th, Colombian Minister of Finance Mauricio Cardenas presented CEQ findings at the 2012 Equity Day presentations at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Click here to view the agenda for the meeting, and here to see the presentation.

“Commitment to Equity” website is launched

Visit www.commitmentoequity.org and learn about how taxation and social spending impact inequality and poverty in Latin America. The Commitment to Equity (CEQ) is a joint project of CIPR and the Department of Economics at Tulane University and the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC. Directed by Nora Lustig and Peter Hakim, the CEQ uses tax and benefit incidence analysis to assess the impact … Continue reading »

Latin America’s Surging Middle Classes: Are they Really a Force for Change?

On Wednesday, November 14th the Center for Global Development will host an event focused on the rise of the Latin American Middle Class. Event Summary: Latin America’s emerging middle class, defined as those unlikely to fall back into poverty, has grown by 50% in recent years and now includes one of every three people on the … Continue reading »

Gini Back in the Bottle

Professor Lustig’s research was cited in The Economist’s special report on the World Economy in an article from October 13th, 2012 titled “Gini Back in the Bottle: an unequal continent becoming less so”. Click here to read it!

World Development publication: Inequality in Latin America in the 2000s: The Cases of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico

The World Development Journal has published Nora Lustig’s, Luis Lopez-Calva’s, and Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez’s paper “Inequality in Latin America in the 2000s: The Cases of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico” (September 2012). Summary: During 2000–10, the Gini coefficient declined in 13 of 17 Latin American countries. The decline was statistically significant and robust to changes in the … Continue reading »

Review of “Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty” by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Please click here to read Nora Lustig’s review of Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s recent book Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

Working Paper 1216: “The Impact of Taxes and Social Spending on Inequality and Poverty in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico and Peru: A Synthesis of Results”

Please click here to link to the most recent working paper from Tulane University’s Economics department. Published this month and coauthored with George Gray Molina, Sean Higgins, Wilson Jimenez, Veronica Paz, Claudiney Pereira, Carola Pessino, John Scott, and Ernesto Yanez, Working Paper 1216 estimates the impact direct taxes, indirect takes and subsidies, and social spending … Continue reading »

World Bank’s “Inequality in Focus”

Please click here to access the World Bank’s Inequality in Focus article by Nora Lustig, “Taxes, Transfers, and Income Redistribution in Latin America,” which was published by the Poverty Reduction and Equity Department.

Americas Quarterly: “How much does the 1% earn in Latin America? We don’t know.”

Please click here to access the Spring 2010 Americas Quarterly article by Nora Lustig, “A Matter of Transparency: The Top One Percent in the Americas.”    

Report “Social Protection for Food Security” gets published in July 2012

As part of the reform of the World Committee on Food Security (CFS), the High-level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) was established in 2010, for providing credible science and knowledge based advice to underpin policy formulation. Nora Lustig was a member of the team who wrote the report on “Social Protection … Continue reading »

LASA San Francisco May 26, 2012

On May 26, 2012 I presented a paper at LASA 2012 held in San Francisco: “The Rise and Fall of Income Inequality in Mexico: 1989-2010.” Abstract: Inequality in Mexico rose between 1989 and 1994 and declined between 1994 and 2010. We examine the role of market forces (demand and supply of labour by skill), institutional … Continue reading »

Winning the War on Inequality and Poverty in Latin America

On May 15th, Nora Lustig Participated in the “Winning the War on Inequality and Poverty in Latin America” co-hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue and Tulane University. The conference honored Enrique V. Iglesias for his contributions to economic and social advancements in Latin America and the Caribbean. Click here for more information on this conference. Nora … Continue reading »