Nora Lustig

Nora Lustig

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Global Economy and Development

Nora Lustig is a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. She is also the Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and director of the Commitment to Equity Institute at Tulane University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and the Inter-American Dialogue. She was recently appointed president-elect at the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality; her term will begin in 2023.

Lustig’s research is on economic development, inequality, and social policies with emphasis on Latin America. Her recent publication “Commitment to Equity Handbook: Estimating the Impact of Fiscal Policy on Inequality and Poverty” is a step-by-step guide to assessing the impact of taxation and social spending on inequality and poverty in developing countries.

Lustig is a founding member and president emeritus of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association and was a co-director of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2000, “Attacking Poverty.” She serves on the editorial board of the “Journal of Economic Inequality” and is a member of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality’s Executive Council. Lustig served on the Atkinson Commission on Poverty, the High-level Group on Measuring Economic Performance and Social Progress, and the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance. She received her doctorate in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Areas of Expertise

    • Development economics
    • Inequality and poverty
    • Social policies
    • Fiscal redistribution analysis
    • Latin America
  • Current Positions

    • Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and Director, Commitment to Equity Institute, Tulane University
    • Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
    • Nonresident Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue
  • Past Positions

    • J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University (2007-2009)
    • Director of the Poverty Group, United Nations Development Programme (2006-2007))
    • President and Professor of Economics, Universidad de las Américas (2001-2005)
    • Senior Advisor and Chief of the Poverty and Inequality Unit, Inter-American Development Bank (1997-2001)
    • Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Program, Brookings Institution (1989-1997)
    • Professor, Center for Economic Studies, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City (1975-1991)
  • Education

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