Book promotes dialogue between Law and Economics

The work is organized by professors Antônio José Maristrello Porto, Armando Castelar Pinheiro, and Patrícia Regina Sampaio.
Institutional
10 June 2019
Book promotes dialogue between Law and Economics

“Brazil has a highly litigating society.” This sentence begins the introduction of the book “Direito e economia: diálogos” (“Law and economics: dialogues”), published by the FGV Press in partnership with FGV’s Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio) on June 13, at 6 p.m., at the FGV Bookstore (Praia de Botafogo, 190, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ).

The statement is based on data from the National Justice Council (CNJ), which shows that, as of December 2017, there were over 80 million lawsuits being processed in the country’s 90 courts. Considering that, as of that year, Brazil had 209 million inhabitants, this translates into an average of one lawsuit for every 2.6 inhabitants, a disheartening rate. These figures do not include countless lawsuits processed in the municipal, state and federal public administrations across the national territory, which undoubtedly also reached the millions.

A large portion of these lawsuits deals with economic issues, involving tax, labor, credit, trade, regulatory and consumer issues, among other areas. Presumably, they account for only a small part of the many transactions in areas in which workers, consumers, firms and public agents in Brazil are involved every year.

The work, organized by professors Antônio José Maristrello Porto, Armando Castelar Pinheiro, and Patrícia Regina Sampaio, is concerned with these relationships. More specifically, it addresses the way in which its economic content interacts with the logic and legal framework in these diverse areas.

Although it plays a key role in the lives of people, companies and institutions, this central relationship between law and economics is little known and researched. The goal of the book is to fill this gap. Thus, the book aims to promote the construction of informed knowledge about economic incentives and the consequences of legislative, executive and jurisdictional action on issues that are central to the functioning of a market economy, in which individuals, societies and the state become involved in various transactions in various markets, such as labor, credit, and public services.

Please visit the website for more information about the book.

Launch: June 13, at 6 p.m., at the FGV Bookstore (Praia de Botafogo, 190, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ).