November 10, 2017 - PEP Board member, Nora Lustig, was honoured with the title of President Emerita of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) in recognition of her strong leadership and unwavering support for the past 25 years.
Professor Lustig is a founding member and past president of LACEA. She is Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and Director of the Commitment to Equity Institute at Tulane University.
Her title as President Emerita was awarded during the Annual Meeting of LACEA and the Latin American Meeting of the Econometric Society (LAMES) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 9-11, 2017.
LACEA was founded in July, 1992, to encourage greater professional interaction and foster increased dialogue among researchers and practitioners who focus their work on the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Professor Lustig played a pivotal role in garnering support for the creation of LACEA and its establishment as the leading association of economists interested in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In 1991, she led the Organizing Committee appointed by the group of economists who envisaged the association during a Latin American Studies Association meeting in Washington DC, USA. In 1993, Albert Fishlow became the first President of LACEA and Nora Lustig its first Vice-President.
Expanding the LACEA
Under Professor Lustig’s presidency (1998-99), LACEA expanded its activities. It launched Economia, an academic journal that has become the outlet of choice for some of the best economic research on Latin America. LACEA was also awarded a major grant by the World Bank which gave support to the annual meetings, the journal, and the first two LACEA-sponsored research networks on Inequality and Poverty and Political Economy.
Over the years, Professor Lustig continued to play influential roles in LACEA, most importantly, as advisor to the Presidents and the Executive Committee, and as a “goodwill” ambassador for the association to international organizations and academic institutions.
Professor Lustig concluded her reception speech by encouraging the audience, particularly female economists, to “Never take ‘No’ for an answer and dream on.”