FGV and Estadão will host “Electoral Economists” series

The “Electoral Economists” series, held by newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo and FGV’s Brazilian Institute of Economics (IBRE), aims to broaden debate on issues that should steer the election process in Brazil.
Economics
03 August 2018
FGV and Estadão will host “Electoral Economists” series

The economists chosen by the candidates to the Presidency of the Republic to develop their government programs will be assessed in Sao Paulo, between August 7 and September 21. The “Electoral Economists” series, held by newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo and FGV’s Brazilian Institute of Economics (IBRE), aims to broaden debate on this key issue, which should steer the election process in Brazil. There will be a total of seven meetings, always from 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. The economists will answer questions from experts, journalists and viewers.

Marco Antonio Rocha, a professor at Unicamp and ahead of the program of PSOL candidate Guilherme Boulos, will be the first to be interviewed, on August 7. IBRE researcher Vilma Pinto will interview the economist. The next participant scheduled for August 10 will be André Lara Rezende – former Director of the Central Bank of Brazil during the Fernando Henrique Cardoso administration and one of the economists responsible for the Real Plan. Lara Rezende is part of Marina Silva’s (Rede) team. Researcher Manoel Pires will represent the IBRE at the debate.

On August 16, Gustavo Franco will be interviewed by Fernando Veloso (IBRE), journalists and viewers. A collaborator to Novo candidate João Amoêdo, Franco was Director of the Central Bank of Brazil and one of the creators of the Real Plan.

The last interview in August is scheduled for the 23rd with Márcio Pochmann, who was the Municipal Secretary of Development, Work and Solidarity of Sao Paulo during the Marta Suplicy administration, and former President of Ipea. The economist is now ahead of PT’s economic program. One of the debaters will be Fernando de Holanda Barbosa Filho (IBRE).

Three meetings will be held in September. The first with José Marcio Camargo, from Henrique Meirelles’ (MDB) team, also featuring Bráulio Borges (IBRE). Camargo is a professor at PUC-Rio and one of those responsible for the Bridge to the Future program. The second meeting, on September 18, will feature Ciro Gomes’ (PDT) collaborator, economist Mauro Benevides Filho – a former state representative who has been following Gomes since the late 1980s, when he worked as Secretary of Finance at Fortaleza. He will be interviewed by José Julio Sena (IBRE).

The series of debates ends on September 21 with Pérsio Arida, another economist who participated in drafting the Real Plan and served as President of the Central Bank of Brazil.  Arida is responsible for Geraldo Alckmin’s (PSDB) economic program. Economist Silvia Matos will represent the IBRE.

“In the current context, in which the country is going through a dramatic fiscal crisis, sluggish growth, high unemployment, insecurity, scrapped education and healthcare, bringing up the main issues in such an uncertain pre-election period is undoubtedly helpful to learn more about each candidate’s proposals, broadening the debate and better informing society”, said Cláudio Conceição, Superintendent of the IBRE and executive editor of the Revista Conjuntura Econômica (Brazilian Economy Magazine).

The meetings take place in FGV’s 9 de Julho Auditorium, at Rua Itapeva, 432, Bela Vista, Sao Paulo. The meetings will also be broadcast online. Go to the website to learn more and to register.

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