Nora Lustig
President 1998-1999

Nora Lustig is Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics at Tulane University (New Orleans, USA) where she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. She is also a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development and the Inter-American Dialogue (Washington, DC) and an associate research fellow of Tulane’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR).

Prior to joining Tulane she was Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University; Director of the Poverty Group at UNDP; Senior Advisor and Chief of the Poverty and Inequality Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank; Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Studies Program of the Brookings Institution; and, Professor at the Center of Economic Studies of the Colegio de Mexico. She was a founding member and President of LACEA, the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association; co-director of the 2000/1 World Development Report Attacking Poverty; and, chair of the Mexican Commission on Macroeconomics and Health.

Dr. Lustig’s research and teaching have focused on economic development, poverty and inequality, social policies and social protection with particular emphasis on Latin America. She has published sixteen books and more than 70 articles. Her classic Mexico: the Remaking of an Economy (Brookings Institution) was selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book. A sample of her recent publications includes: Declining Inequality in Latin America. A Decade of Progress?; Thought for Food: the Challenges of Coping with Soaring Food Prices; The Microeconomics of Income Distribution Dynamics; Shielding the Poor: Social Protection in the Developing World.

Currently, Dr. Lustig is the director of the Commitment to Equity project (CEQ), a research initiative focused on assessing the impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in Latin America.  She is also the editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality’s Forum and a member of the boards of directors of the Institute of Development Studies and the Global Development Network as well as a member of the advisory boards of the Center for Global Development and Columbia University’s Earth Institute. She is a member of the advisory committee for the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2012-2013. Dr. Lustig was one of the authors of the World Committee on Food Security’s report Social Protection for Food Security.

Dr. Lustig received her doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.  She was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has lived in Mexico and the United States. 

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