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)