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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »