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Nora Lustig interviewed on Inequality trends in Latin America

April 12th, 2016

Edited by Sam Pizzigati of Too Much
The nations that make up Latin America have historically displayed precious little of a commitment to equity. Latin America entered the 21st century as the world’s most economically unequal region.

Latin America’s rich today remain “world class,” by any measure. Only four individuals in the entire world, for instance, have amassed a greater fortune than Mexico’s Carlos Slim.

Nearly a quarter of Latin Americans, meanwhile, make less than $4 per day. Overall, according to World Bank figures, nearly two-thirds of Latin America’s population makes less than $10 daily.

What can Latin America’s governments do to address this stunning maldistribution of income and wealth? What are they doing? Tulane University economist Nora Lustig is working on the answers.

Lustig is currently directing Commitment to Equity, a joint effort of Tulane and the Inter-American Dialogue that’s helping governments, multilateral institutions, and nongovernmental organizations “build more equitable societies.” She shared some of her insights on Latin American inequality — and the struggle to overcome it — last month in an interview with Too Much editor Sam Pizzigati.

You can read the entire article here.
You can also watch a video here.