Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Lustig presents on Fiscal Policy and Ethno-Racial Divide in Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala and Uruguay

May 15th, 2014

On May 12, 2014, Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and Senior Research Fellow at CIPR, delivered a presentation to the International Development Bank on May 12th, 2014. Lustig’s presentation, “Fiscal Policy and the Ethno-Racial Divide in Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala and Uruguay,” provided an overview of the Working Paper No. 22 of the same name that discusses the fiscal incidence analyses executed in Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala and Uruguay. The paper concludes the following:

*taxes and transfers reduce the ethno-racial divide but slightly, with the exception-perhaps-of Uruguay.
*proposes indicators of progressivity and pro-poorness in the ethno-racial space
*explores which elements of the tax and transfer systems within each country specifically contribute to narrowing or increasing the ethno-racial gaps.

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