The CEQ Institute at Tulane University 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.
Directed by Nora Lustig, the Institute was established in May 2015 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.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded the Commitment to Equity Institute $4.9 million dollars to support the Institute’s activities for the next five years. The purpose of the grant is to increase the equity and poverty reduction impact of fiscal policies in developing countries, in particular Africa.
Professor Lustig, in conjunction with Professor Ludovico Feoli—the Director of Tulane’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research, and of the Policy Area of the CEQ Institute—and other collaborators at Tulane and around the world, will use the grant to achieve the Institute’s four goals: