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Nora Lustig writes about the CEQ Institute in Liberal Arts magazine inaugural issue

To many, taxes may seem a boring subject. However, taxes are a key instrument to combat poverty and inequity. For more than a decade, the Commitment to Equity project has been studying the impact of taxes and transfers on inequality and poverty in low- and middle-income countries. When the CEQ was launched in 2008, our goal was to produce estimates of fiscal redistribution in Latin America. Ten years later, we have fulfilled that goal and are in the process of completing studies for an additional 50 countries from all regions of the world. The tool is being used by multilateral organizations and governments to assess the implications of tax and subsidy policy reforms. Our work proudly continues to influence the discourse and the policies in a rising number of places around the world.

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