Brazilian Economy Magazine: 70 years analyzing Brazil’s economy
The Brazilian Economy Magazine celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017. Way back in the year 1947, when technology as we know it was but a figment of imagination, the still incipient publication faced the colossal task of figuring out the production generated by Brazilian economy, its prices, trades and cash resources. In November that year, FGV’s Nucleus of Economics launched the Economy Bulletin.
A lot has changed since 1947. The Nucleus was replaced by the Center for Economic Analysis, led by Polish engineer Richard Lewinsohn, who switched fields from construction works to economic studies. Lewinsohn was the only person in Brazil attempting to estimate the national income – still at a very rudimentary level – based on data regarding a specific tax applied at the time: the Sales and Consignments Tax (IVC).
“The uncertainties permeating the post-war world made it imperative to continuously monitor the national and international economies,” wrote Eugenio Gudin in the article “Os Índices da Conjuntura Econômica” [The Economic Indexes]. That was when the Economy Bulletin was born.
The magazine has evolved in the 70 years separating the first Bulletin signed by Eugenio Gudin from present time, while always maintaining its unbiased approach and editorial immunity. The purpose of the publication is to provide articles, interviews, reflections, analyses and proposals to help develop consistent public policies and promote a fairer society.
From the Bulletin to the Magazine, 70 years went by with analyses of Brazil’s economy. During these seven decades, the magazine’s pages featured many different themes and subjects. Its pages showed different rulers and eras of Brazil’s economy through interviews and articles signed by the most important names of the country’s economy. All of this historical material ultimately generated a massive collection, which makes part of Brazil’s economic history available for consultation.
The Brazilian Economy Magazine is published every month by FGV’s Brazilian Institute of Economics (IBRE). Go to the website for more information.