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Challenges to Overcoming Inequality in Brazil

December 3, 2019

A conversation with Nelson Barbosa, Former Minister of Finance of Brazil, on the recent economic and political changes in Brazil, and how they can affect income distribution and poverty indicators.

After many years of decreasing income inequality and poverty levels, Brazil is again facing a worsening of its poverty indicators. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the number of people in Brazil with an income below the World Bank Poverty Line increased, on average, by one million every year between 2015 and 2018. This seminar is an opportunity to discuss the recent economic and political changes in Brazil, and how they can affect income distribution and poverty indicators.

Speaker: Nelson Barbosa (EESP/FGV, UnB, former Minister of Finance of Brazil)

Discussant: Marcelo Medeiros (Princeton University)

Nelson Barbosa: Professor at the São Paulo School of Economics (EESP/FGV) and the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research and his research interests include macroeconomic policy, economic growth and development. Dr. Barbosa was Deputy Finance Minister, Planning Minister and Finance Minister during Dilma Rousseff’s administration, and Secretary of Economic Policy and Monitoring during Lula’s administration. He currently writes a weekly column on economics for Folha de Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest newspaper.

Marcelo Medeiros: Visiting Professor at Princeton University. His research focuses on social inequalities. Medeiros has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in the areas of social inequality and mobility, demography, health, education, poverty, development theory, and disability and social protection.

The event is sponsored by The Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, SCEPA, and the Reconvexo Collective. 

About SCEPA

SCEPA works to focus the public economics debate on the role government can and should play in the real productive economy - that of business, management, and labor - to raise living standards, create economic security, and attain full employment.