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Challenges to overcoming inequality in Brazil: A conversation with Nelson Barbosa, former Minister of Finance of Brazil

Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

The Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, SCEPA, and the Reconvexo Collective invite you to this seminar featuring Nelson Barbosa and Marcelo Medeiros.

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 (Princenton 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.

Presented by The Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at The New School for Social Research

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