Book proposes alternatives to spending ceiling in post-pandemic Brazil

Faced with the coronavirus crisis, there is an alternative to the current government’s economic project for Brazil. This is what researchers and economists propose in articles collected in the book Post-pandemic economics: debunking the myths of fiscal austerity and building a new economic paradigm in Brazil , by Autonomia Literária in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stift ung Foundation (FES / Brazil) .

In the publication, organized by professors Esther Dweck, Pedro Rossi and Ana Luiza Matos de Oliveira, the 34 authors contest the dominant economic agenda in Brazil, led by Economy Minister Paulo Guedes, denounce the social consequences of spending cuts and argue why the fiscal austerity discourse does not match the current Brazilian reality.

According to the professors and researchers involved in preparing the book, the austerity agenda, proposed by the government and endorsed by public opinion, denies the role of fiscal policy as an inducer of growth and employment, in addition to sacrificing constitutional guarantees when generating obstacles to the financing of social rights, such as resources from the Unified Health System (SUS) and defense policies for workers (formal and informal) who lost their jobs and income during the pandemic. For this reason, the publication addresses topics such as the structural reform agenda, the 2021 budget, the increase in public debt and the need to strengthen social programs.

Professor Pedro Rossi affirms that the economic myths and dogmas widespread in the media inhibit alternatives to fiscal adjustment, with the repeated threats that Brazil will “break”. “Fiscal policy must ensure that people are employed, for example. This is incompatible with the spending ceiling, ”he says.

The book, whose authors include some professors from USP, including Laura Carvalho, from the Faculty of Economics, Administration and Accounting (FEA), also points out directions for the future and presents a new economic agenda for the country. In addition to reaffirming social rights, the role of the State in providing these rights and fiscal policy as a tool for growth, deals with environmental preservation and reduction of social, regional, racial and gender inequalities, seeking a development project that transforms the Brazilian reality.

Post-pandemic economy: debunking the myths of fiscal austerity and building a new economic paradigm in Brazil

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Ana Luíza Matos de Oliveira ● Ana Paula Guidolin ● Andressa Pelanda ● Arthur Welle ● Bruno Moretti ● Camila Gramkow ● Carlos Ocké-Reis ● Carlos Pinkusfeld ● Carolina Jorge ● Coalition Rights Are Worth More ● Daniel Cara ● Eduardo Fagnani ● Esther Dweck ● Félix Lopez ● Fernando Gaiger Silveira ● Francisco Funcia ● Franklin Serrano ● Gabriel Aidar ● Grazielle David ● Guilherme Mello ● Gustavo Noronha ● José Celso Pereira Cardoso Junior ● Julia Braga ● Laura Carvalho ● Luana Passos ● Luiza Nassif-Pires ● Marco Antonio Rocha ● Pedro Rossi ● Rodrigo Orair ● Salvador Werneck ● Sergio Chaparro ● Silvio Almeida ● Vanessa Petrelli ● Waleska Miguel Batista ●

Organizers: Esther Dweck, Pedro Rossi and Ana Luíza Matos de Oliveira

Publisher: Literary Autonomy in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stift ung Foundation (FES / Brazil)