I am a Senior Economist at the Poverty and Equity Global practice. 

My background is in the fields of microeconomic theory, welfare economics and development, with strong interests in concepts of well-being and in measures of poverty and inequality. I spent most of my doctorate and post-doctorate research wondering how to measure inequality and poverty when multiple dimensions of well-being are taken into account. I also worked on the impact of economic inequality on children's achievement at school, through the effect of social socioeconomic segregation, and on the bounding on test scores estimates when selection is present. Since I joined the World Bank I focused on issues related to inequality of opportunities, and economic mobility in Latin America and Russia, as well as poverty and inequality in selected South American countries. More recently, I have been focusing on the impact of food prices on poverty as well as on the distributional incidence of energy subsidies. 

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Maria Ana Lugo,
Nov 22, 2011, 7:37 AM