“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

Entrevista en CNN en Español: Ingreso básico universal: ¿a quiénes y cuánto dar ante la crisis del COVID-19?
“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.
“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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