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Nora Lustig

Senior Associate Research Fellow - Director of the CEQ Institute (CEQI) - Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Latin American Economics

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nlustig@tulane.edu

Nora Lustig is Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and Director of the Commitment to Equity Institute (CEQ) at Tulane University. Professor Lustig’s research focuses on economic development, poverty and inequality, and social policies in developing countries. She has published more than seventy articles and fifteen edited volumes and books. Her current research is centered on assessing the impact of taxation and social spending on inequality and poverty in low and middle income countries, and on the determinants of income distribution in Latin America. Prof. Lustig is a founding member and past president of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and was a co-director of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2000/1, Attacking Poverty. She is the editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality Forum and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue, the Center of Global Development’s Advisory Board, ECINEQ’s Executive Council, PEP’s Board of Directors, and the World Economic Forum’s Economic Growth and Social Inclusion Stewardship Board. She is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Global Development and the Inter-American Dialogue. Prof. Lustig has served on the Atkinson Commission on Poverty and on the Stiglitz et al. Commission on Measuring Economic Performance and Social Progress. She received her doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • B.A., University of California-Berkeley, Economics, 1972
  • M.A., University of California-Berkeley, Economics, 1974
  • Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1979

Academic Experience

  • Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics, Tulane University, 2009-
  • Non-resident Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue, Washington DC, 2009-
  • Visiting Professor (sabbatical), Universidad Torcuato DiTella, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016
  • J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University, 2008
  • Professor, Universidad de las Américas, 2001-2005
  • Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, 1989-1997

Related Experience

  • Director, Commitment to Equity (CEQ), 2009-
  • Member of the Jury, Fundacion Vidanta Prize, 2013-
  • Coordinator, Latin American Economics Roundtable, Washington, DC, 2008-
  • Director, The Poverty Group, UNDP, New York, 2006-2007
  • President, Universidad de las Américas, 2001-2005

Distinctions

  • Tulane University School of Liberal Arts Outstanding Research Award, May 2012
  • Founding member and President, LACEA (Latin America and the Caribbean Economic Association), 1999-2000

Languages

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese

Overseas Experience

  • Mexico

Research & Teaching Specializations: Development Economics; Poverty and Income Distribution; Social Policies and Protection; Globalization; Mexico

  • Selected Publications*
  • 2017. “Fiscal Redistribution and Ethno-racial Inequality in Bolivia, Brazil and Guatemala,” Latin American Research Review. Special Issue: Enduring and/or New Forms of Inequality in a Globalizing World. Edited by Philip Oxhorn and José R. Jouve-Martin, editors. 52(2): X.
  • 2016.“Declining Wages for College-Educated Workers in Mexico: Are Younger or Older Cohorts Hurt the Most?” With Raymundo Campos-Vazquez and Luis F. Lopez-Calva Revista de Economía Mundial/World Economic Journal. No. 43.
  • 2016. “Comparing the Incidence of Taxes and Social Spending in Brazil and the United States.” With Sean Higgins, Whitney Ruble and Tim Smeeding Review of Income and Wealth, 62, S22-46.
  • 2016. “Fiscal Policy, Income Redistribution and Poverty Reduction in Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.” In Contemporary Issues in Development Economics, edited by Timothy Besley, 11-18. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
  • 2014. “Social Spending and Income Redistribution in Argentina in the 2000s: the Rising Role of Noncontributory Pensions.” In Public Finance Review 42(3).

Latin American-Related Courses Taught in Last 2 years: Inequality and Poverty in Latin America, Economic Development Policy, Economic Development

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 2

For more information on Nora Lustig please visit the links below.

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Commitment to Equity Institute
@noralustig (Twitter)
RePEc
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People in Economics
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Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference: Call for Proposals

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Deadlines: Abstracts of papers and projects are due November 25, 2017. Abstracts of papers or project descriptions must not exceed 300 words.

Please contact lago.tulane@gmail.com with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.