“Three clear messages emerge from the pandemic: authoritarian leaders in one country, are a danger to humanity as a whole; science-denier leaders in one country, are a danger to humanity as a whole; neoliberal health systems, are a danger to humanity as whole.

A fourth clear message emerges from the pandemic: people-to-people social protection is now more essential than ever. Government social protection schemes will not be enough (and will not be deployed fast enough) for all of those hurt the most: the sick without health insurance, the suddenly unemployed, the poor who cannot afford to buy enough soap and food.

Those of us who are more fortunate will need to step in and help directly. Start by continuing to pay your service providers: housekeepers, personal trainers, barbers, local restaurants, etc. Pre-purchase gift cards to support local businesses. Buy food and soap from online aggregators to donate to charities. Think creatively. We can all make a difference.” – Nora Lustig

Nora Lustig and Valentina Martínez Pabón. “El COVID-19 en México: impacto en pobreza y desigualdad.” November 30, 2020.

Lustig, Nora, Guido Neidhöfer and Mariano Tommasi. 2020. “Short and long-run distributional impacts of COVID-19 in Latin America.” CEQ Working Paper 96, Commitment to Equity Institute, Tulane University, October.

Lustig, Nora and Valentina Martinez Pabon. “The Impact of COVID-19 Economic Shock on Inequality and Poverty in Mexico.” CEQ Working Paper 98, Commitment to Equity Institute, Tulane University, October.

Nora Lustig, Valentina Martinez Pabon, Federico Sanz and Stephen D. Younger. “COVID-19’s New Poor in Latin America.” Center for Global Development. October 21, 2020.

Statement to Congress Supporting Supporting Additional Economic Relief. June 17, 2020.

Should Countries Provide a Universal Basic Income? Latin America Advisor. Inter-American Dialogue. June 2, 2020.

“A Letter to G20 Governments: What the G20 Should Do Now.” Project Syndicate. June 1, 2020.

Conversa COVID: ¿Cuál es el pacto fiscal que necesitamos para superar la crisis generada por la pandemia? Dejusticia. May 27, 2020.

“El COVID-19 y la protección social de los grupos pobres y vulnerables en América Latina.” (Co-author with Mariano Tommasi). May 26, 2020.

Entrevista en CNN en Español: Ingreso básico universal: ¿a quiénes y cuánto dar ante la crisis del COVID-19? May 15, 2020.
“Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 in Latin America: Time to be bold.”  (Co-author with Jorge Mariscal). OECD’s Development Matters. May 12, 2020.


2020: La Pandemia con Daniel Zovatto. Efectos del coronavirus en América Latina. Aristegui Noticias. April 27, 2020.

Mesas de trabajo de la Conferencia Nacional para la Recuperación Económica | Mesa 1: Atención inmediata a la crisis: macroeconomía y políticas públicas. April 27, 2020.

“El impacto de la COVID-19 en América Latina: Se requieren respuestas fuera del libreto.” (Co-author with Jorge Mariscal). Fundación Carolina. April 24, 2020.
“COVID-19 and Social Protection of the Poor and Most Vulnerable.” Nora Lustig and Mariano Tommasi. Meeting of the UNDP, CEQI, CGEP Group Social Protection in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. April 24, 2020.

Versión en Español: “El COVID-19 y la protección social de los grupos pobres y vulnerables.”


Webcast hosted by The Wilson Center |
Covid-19 in Latin America: The Role of Social Policy. April 15, 2020.  

“A Letter to G20 Governments.” Project Syndicate. April 6, 2020.

“The New Inequalities and People-to-people Social Protection.” (Co-author with Nancy Birdsall) March 30, 2020.

Published: “The new inequalities and people-to-people social protection.” Vox EU. April 2, 2020.
Published: “The new inequalities and people-to-people social protection.” Latin America and the Caribbean UNDP. April 3, 2020.
Versión en Español: “La nueva desigualdad y la protección social entre personas.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic: A letter to G20 leaders.” Vox EU. March 26, 2020.

“La pandemia en América Latina: una crisis económica sin culpables.” El País. (Co-author with Jorge Mariscal) March 19, 2020.

“How Covid-19 could be like the Global Financial Crisis (or worse).” (Co-author with Jorge Mariscal) March 13, 2020.

Published: “Economics in the time of COVID-19: A new eBook.”  Vox EU. (Editors: Richard Baldwin, Beatrice Weder di Mauro) CEPR Press. March 6, 2020.

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