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Nora Lustig receives the Schloss Prize for Economics

“The prize is awarded to professors or students who show outstanding work in the Department of Economics. This year the department’s selection committee voted unanimously for Lustig. ‘The Schloss Prize is allowing me to spend time in Argentina to complete a study on fiscal policy and income redistribution, and will allow me to spend time … 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 »

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!

Link to contents here

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 »

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!