Marcelo Neri, founder of FGV's Center for Social Policies, assumed the presidency of Ipea
On August 27, Marcelo Neri's nomination to the presidency of the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) was made official. According to Agência Brasil, Neri said that ?the main objective of Ipea is to better serve Brazil by means of public policies?. He will be in charge of a team comprised of 250 researchers and a structure of ten big economics departments.Neri has been working at FGV for over 12 years, where he founded the Center for Social Policies, and he is also professor at EPGE. An expert in social inequality and a reference in analyses on employment and unemployment, he published the book ?The New Middle Class? and was appointed as one of the 100 most influential Brazilians in 2010 by Época magazine.IPEA , established in 1964, is a federal public foundation associated to the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs at the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil. The researches made by the institute work as technical and institutional support for the government.