Nora Lustig

Nora Lustig is Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics at Tulane University and a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Global Development and the Inter-American Dialogue. Her current research focuses on assessing the incidence of taxation and social spending in over twenty countries around the world, and on the determinants of income distribution dynamics in Latin America. She 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 currently the director of the Commitment to Equity project (CEQ), editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality ‘s Forum and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Development Network (GDN). Recently, Lustig joined the Stiglitz et al. Commission on Measuring Economic Performance and Social Progress. She received her doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Content by Nora Lustig
  • Project

    Estimating income losses and consequences of the COVID-19 crisis in Uganda

    COVID-19 continues to take its toll on the world and more recently, the African continent. While the continent still accounts for fewer cases or deaths, in cities such as Uganda the incidence of the disease has risen sharply. Uganda is not new to infectious diseases and has successfully battled outbreaks of Ebola, Marburg and even HIV/AIDS. Whilst COVID-19 has relatively...

    18 Feb 2021 | Nora Lustig, Stephen D. Younger

  • Blog post

    Impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in Uganda

    President Yoweri Museveni would like Uganda to be a middle-income country by 2020. As the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and Uganda’s own National Development plans, make clear, however, income per capita is only one criterion by which an advanced economy should be judged. Uganda should strive to lift more people out of poverty as well as close the income gap...

    12 Sep 2016 | Astrid Haas, Sebastian Wolf, Jon R. Jellema, Nora Lustig

  • Project

    Commitment to equity assessment of Uganda

    Between 2002 and 2012, the poverty rate in Uganda fell by nearly 20 percentage points, but even so nearly 20 percent of the population remained poor in 2012. Real per-capita incomes have nearly doubled over the same period, but inequality has fallen only marginally.  At the same time, public expenditures have fallen (when measured as a percent of GDP) while official...

    1 Sep 2016 | Nora Lustig, Astrid Haas, Sebastian Wolf, Jon R. Jellema

  • Publication - Project Report

    The impact of taxes, transfers, and subsidies on inequality and poverty in Uganda (Final Report)

    1 Sep 2016 | Jon R. Jellema, Nora Lustig, Sebastian Wolf, Astrid Haas

  • Blog post

    A missing target in the SDGs: Tax systems should not reduce the income of the poor

    Achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals will depend in part on the ability of Governments to improve their tax collection and enforcement systems. However, demand for investments into infrastructure and public services must be balanced against the competing need to protect low-income households that may otherwise be made worse off from misaligned tax and transfer...

    23 Jun 2015 | Nora Lustig