Nora C. Lustig

Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics,
Department of Economics,
Tulane University

Nora Lustig is Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics at Tulane University (New Orleans, US), where she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. She is also a nonresident 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.

Prior to joining Tulane she was Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University; Director of the Poverty Group at the United Nations Development Programme; 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 2000-2001 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 named Outstanding Academic Book by Choice magazine. 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; and Shielding the Poor: Social Protection in the Developing World.

Dr. Lustig is the director of the Commitment to Equity research initiative assessing the impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in Latin America. She is the forum editor for the Journal of Economic Inequality 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 on 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. 

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