5/6/2013 ¿Es Argentina un modelo de políticas redistributivas?
¿Es Argentina un modelo de políticas redistributivas? Nora Lustig y Carola Pessino
4/28/2013 ¿Qué tan comprometidos están los gobiernos de América Latina con la equidad? by Nora Lustig
4/22/2013 Taxes, Social Spending and Income Redistribution in Latin America
- Nora Lustig
Fiscal Policy, Equity and Long-Term Growth in Developing Countries
IMF and World Bank Washington, DC – April 21 and 22, 2013
4/16/2013 Roundtable discussion on Louisianas Tax Debate
Gov. Jindal has dropped his original tax plan to replace income tax revenue by raising the sales tax rate, extending the sales tax to services and increasing the tax on cigarettes, but his top priority is still to "overhaul the tax code and eliminate income taxes." Professors Jim Alm, Nora Lustig, and Steven Sheffrin discuss implications of changing the tax code. Click here to Download
Listen to the experts present their results (in Spanish) by clicking here..
4/1/2013: CEQ Working Paper 13 Now Available
The Working Paper, which is available here, provides an overview of the impact of taxes and social spending on inequality and poverty in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.
3/21/2013: CEQ Featured at Colombia Equity Day Event
On March 12, CEQ's work in Colombia was featured prominently in an Equity Day event co-organized by the World Bank and the Government of Colombia. Follow the links below to view the event agenda and the PowerPoint presentation about CEQ.
- PowerPoint Presentation
3/13/13: Brazil eliminates federal indirect taxes on basic needs basket
On March 8, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced the end of federal indirect taxes on all items in the basic needs basket (primarily food), effective immediately. Although basic needs will still be taxed at the state level, this will reduce their cost by between 9.25% and 12.5%, depending on the product. The estimated yearly cost to the government of these tax expenditures is R$ 7.3 billion (about US$3.75 billion). The CEQ study for Brazil has shown that indirect taxes paid by the poor often surpass the cash benefits they receive from the government; this measure will therefore not only reduce inflation but also contribute to reducing poverty.
Listen to President Rouseff: Click here for video
1/31/13: Fiscal incidence studies were completed in seven countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Four are in progress: Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. Two are in the works: Ecuador and El Salvador.
1/13/13: Version 3 of Handbook is available, here.