On February 28, 2018, the CEQ Institute at Tulane University and the World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on common objectives. The forms of collaboration include data-sharing, re-estimates of studies applying new international poverty lines, advising and training, and knowledge sharing. The data-sharing component will significantly increase the country coverage in the CEQ Institute’s Data Center on Fiscal Redistribution. Through the assessment of the impact of taxation and social spending on inequality and poverty, the CEQ Institute aims to provide a roadmap for governments, multilateral institutions, and non-governmental organizations in their efforts to build more equitable societies.
Nora Lustig’s visit to the Paris School of Economics in May and June 2017, and her discussions with Professor Thomas Piketty and his colleagues, resulted in a new partnership between the CEQ Institute and the WID.world project to produce Distributional National Accounts (DINA) in a number of low and middle income countries. With this partnership, we will join forces to enlarge the geographical coverage of countries with DINA and enhance both projects’ ability to reach out to increasingly broader audiences. For the CEQ Institute, this is a unique opportunity to assess how country-specific results might be affected when primary incomes, taxes and public spending are scaled up to match their values in the country’s National Accounts. The partnership will also allow us to identify the data challenges that are particular to low and middle income countries, and suggest ways in which they could be overcome. We shall be able to assess further whether more progressive income and wealth taxes could be transformed into benefits -in cash and in kind- for the poorest.