Gates Foundation awards millions to equity institute at Tulane

November 19, 2015

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444

The CEQ Institute at Tulane University, directed by Professor Nora Lustig, has been awarded a $4.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study ways to reduce inequality and poverty through taxes and social spending in developing countries.

The Institute was established in May to analyze the impact of taxation and social spending on inequality and poverty in developing countries as well as to provide a roadmap for governments and nongovernmental organizations to build more equitable societies.

Lustig, Tulane’s Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics, will collaborate with Tulane professor Ludovico Feoli, director of the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research and head of the Institute’s Policy Area on the study.

Lustig said the grant will be used over the next five years to develop policy tools necessary for evaluating the consistency and effectiveness of tax collection and government spending with global equity goals. Researchers also will develop an information system to monitor the progress of taxation and government spending in achieving these goals.

“For example,” Lustig said, “have taxes become more progressive? Is health care reaching more of the poorest? Do the poor have greater access to tertiary education?”

The team will disseminate its findings through a communications and advocacy program in conjunction with key partners in research, philanthropy and social activism. Partners include the Inter-American Dialogue and the Center for Global Development, both in Washington, D.C.

“The idea is to influence policy in the right place at the right time,” she said.

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