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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.
Investing in Health for Economic Development: The Case of Mexico, in Advancing Development Core Themes in Global Economics, edited by George Mavrotas and Anthony Shorrocks (Palgrave Macmillan in association with the United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research, 2007)
The Microeconomics of Income Distribution Dynamics, co-edited with Francois Bourguignon and Francisco Ferreira (World Bank, 2004)
“Do We Know How Much Poverty There Is?” Oxford Development Studies, 32(4), December 2004. (Coauthor)
“Rising Inequality in Mexico: Returns to Household Characteristics and Regional Effects,” Journal of Development Studies, 39(4), 112-33, April 2003. (Coauthor)
“Life is not Easy: Mexico’s Quest for Stability and Growth,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 15(1), 85-106, Winter 2001.
Shielding the Poor: Social Protection in the Developing World, ed. (Brookings Institution, 2001)
“Crises and the Poor: Socially Responsible Macroeconomics,” Economía, The Journal of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association, 1(1), 1-45, Fall 2000.
Mexico: The Remaking of an Economy (Brookings Institution, 2nd ed 1998)
Labor Markets in Latin America: Combining Social Protection With Market Flexibility, co-edited with Sebastian Edwards (Brookings Institution, 1997)
Coming Together? Mexico-U.S. Relations, co-edited with Barry Bosworth and Susan Collins (Brookings Institution, 1997)
Coping with Austerity: Poverty and Inequality in Latin America (Brookings Institution, 1995)
Visiting fellow Nora Lustig examines the policy dilemmas rising food prices force on developing countries. Letting prices adjust can generate inflationary pressure while efforts to stabilize domestic prices often exacerbate global price increases; during the recent food price crisis, many countries chose instead to shift the burden back to international markets.
This is the course syllabus for Economic Development (IAFF 238), taught by Nora Lustig, Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University and CGD Board member. The course analyzes the economic challenges faced by low and middle-income countries in their
quest for development.
The Commission on the Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) is a global network of policy makers, researchers and civil society organizations brought together by the World Health Organization (WHO) to give support in tackling the social causes of poor health and avoidable health inequalities (health inequities). The CSDH had a three-year directive to gather and review evidence on what needs to be done to reduce health inequalities within and between countries and to report its recommendations for action to the Director-General of WHO. The report of the Commission, Closing the Gap in a Generation, was released on 28 August 2008.
A briefing on the report for Members of ECOSOC is being held in view of its direct relevance to the 2009 Annual Ministerial Review theme, "Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to global public health". The Chair of the Commission will present the report, and a discussion about how the recommendations might be achieved will follow.
World food prices risen over the past five years at an alarming pace after decreasing for three consecutive decades. CGD visiting fellow Nora Lustig argues that despite some relief since July 2008, the price hikes significantly set back poverty reduction, upset social stability, promote inflation, compromise rules-based trading systems, and hurt poor net consumers. Nonetheless, too many developing countries lack the instruments, administrative capacity, and fiscal space to implement safety nets fast enough and in the required scale.
As the possibility of a one trillion dollar supplement in IMF funding comes closer to fruition in the midst of alerts about the possibility of a new pandemic of influenza, some of us at CGD have been asked about the possibility of connections between IMF adjustment programs and health. Some of the questions are a bit loopy, like: Did the IMF cause the current flu epidemic? And even weirder: should the IMF prevent future flu epidemics?