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Tulane University

Nora Lustig

Professor - Economics, Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Latin American Economics

Contact Info
nlustig@tulane.edu

Department Affiliation
Economics

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.

Degrees

  • 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: ECON 4600: Inequality and Poverty in Latin America, Economic Development Policy, Economic Development

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

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Commitment to Equity Institute
@noralustig (Twitter)
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Stone Center for Latin American Studies to host 11th annual Workshop on Field Research Methods

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for the 11th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The deadline to apply for the workshop is January 15, 2019.

How will you get the data you need for your thesis or dissertation? Do you envision immersing yourself for months in the local culture, or tromping the hills and farms seeking respondents? Sorting through dusty archives? Observing musicians at work in the plaza? Downloading and crunching numbers on a computer? For any of these approaches: How might you get there, from here?

This workshop aims to help you approach your data collection and analysis for your thesis or dissertation topic, and to adapt and refine your topic to be more feasible. You will take your research project ideas to the next stop—whatever that may be, include raising travel grants. Learn to:

  • Plan more efficiently, feasible, and rewarding fieldwork
  • Prepare more compelling and persuasive grant proposals
  • Navigate choices of research methods and course offerings on campus
  • Become a better research and fieldwork team-member

Format
This is an engaged, hands-on, informal workshop. Everyone shares ideas and participates. We will explore and compare research approaches, share experiences and brainstorm alternatives. You will be encouraged to think differently about your topic, questions, and study sites as well as language preparation, budgets, and logistics. The participatory format is intended to spark constructive new thinking, strategies, and student networks to continue learning about (and conducting) field research.

Who is leading this?
Laura Murphy, PhD, faculty in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, and affiliate faculty to the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Who is this for?
This workshop is targeted to Stone Center graduate students as well as graduate students from other programs (GOHB, CCC, humanities, sciences, and others) if space is available. The workshop will be particularly helpful for those who envision research with human subjects.

Sign up
Sign up as soon as you can! Apply by January 15, 2019, at the latest to confirm your stop. Send an email with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Department and Degree program
  • Year at Tulane
  • Prior experience in research, especially field research
  • Academic training in research design and methods
  • Include a 1-paragraphy statement of your current research interests and immediate plans/needs (i.e. organize summer field research)

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Not for credit.

For more information and/or to apply: Contact Laura Murphy or Jimmy Huck.