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Blog: Fiscal justice in Brazil: taxation as an instrument for equality

Luana Passos (Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF)
September 16, 2019

The debate around taxation in Brazil has long revolved around issues related to tax burden, efficiency, competitiveness and simplicity. Despite recent fiscal problems and a better understanding of the concentration of income and national wealth, the relevance of a progressive tax system as a tool to fight inequality still enjoys little space in mainstream media discussions. The traditional focus of the Brazilian debate on tax burden is due to the fact that the State absorbs a considerable proportion of gross domestic product (GDP)— approximately 32 per cent in 2016—as taxes. This sets Brazil apart from other countries with similar income levels: its tax burden is one of the highest in Latin America, even greater than in some developed countries, such as Spain and Canada.


Blog: La incidencia de las políticas financieras y monetarias en la mitigación del cambio climático

William Oman
September 13, 2019

El mes de julio de fue el más caliente jamás registrado en el planeta , y en todos los países las temperaturas alcanzaron máximos sin precedentes. Una prolongada sequía está afectando a millones de personas en África oriental, y en agosto de 2019 Groenlandia perdió más 12.500 millones de toneladas de hielo en un día.


Call for papers: The 19th World Congress of the International Economic Association (IEA)

As President of the International Economic Association (IEA) and Program Chair of the Nineteenth World Congress of the IEA, we invite you to submit a paper to the contributed sessions of this triennial congress, jointly organized with the Ministry of Finance of Indonesia, that will be held in Bali, Indonesia from July 3 to July 7, 2020. The 2020 IEA World Congress will be a unique academic event which, in addition to the daily keynote lectures, numerous policy sessions and the many invited sessions, will host the latest and most engaging research in Any Field in economics in the many contributed sessions. The Congress will provide an excellent forum to present one’s own research results. More information here


​Blog: Perspectives on tax reform in Brazil

Marc Morgan (World Inequality Lab, Paris School of Economics and L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
September 11, 2019

There is no question that the salience of tax reform in Brazil is high. It has become common to point out the country’s low quality of public services and high level of taxes. In this context it would be desirable to introduce new ways of thinking about matters related to government policy generally, and tax policy more specifically. By understanding the function and potential of taxes, as well as their links to inequality and economic development, the seed can be planted for deep change. Once we conceptualise the potential of certain policies, momentum can be garnered to fully realise them if they are desirable to a majority of the population.


Working papers: Latest Research

New entries as of September 10, 2019


Blog: Cuando el empeoramiento de las condiciones crediticias genera recesiones

João Ayres
September 9, 2019

Durante mucho tiempo los economistas han sabido que las medidas agregadas de la actividad económica varían durante las recesiones. Por ejemplo, la tasa de desempleo aumenta, mientras que el crecimiento del PIB y las tasas de inversión disminuyen. Sin embargo, cuando durante una recesión se observan las empresas, que son las unidades de producción de una economía, ¿se comportan todas de la misma manera? De no ser así, ¿podemos usar esa información para aprender más sobre las causas de las recesiones?


STIGLITZ ESSAY PRIZE

The International Economic Association (IEA) is happy to announce the Second Stiglitz Essay Prize (SEP) in honour of the past President of the association, Joseph E. Stiglitz. This prize is possible thanks to the generous donation that the Economic Society of Australia pledged to the IEA. The deadline for submitting essays is Thursday 31 October 2019 at 2359 hours (GMT). Please send submissions to the IEA Secretariat on iea@iea-world.org indicating in the subject your name as follows: SEP_LAST NAME_Name. Any queries on the competition should be also addressed to the IEA Secretariat on the same email address. More information here


Blog: ¿Se puede replicar la calidad de los servicios para la infancia en la región?

Ángela Peláez
September 4, 2019

En América Latina y el Caribe existe poca información empírica sobre el impacto que un programa educativo de calidad puede tener en el desarrollo de los niños menores de 5 años y en condiciones de vulnerabilidad. El interés por la inversión pública en la primera infancia sigue creciendo en la región, pero hasta el momento se ha enfocado en la ampliación de cobertura más que en la mejora de la calidad de la atención. Por ello, se hace indispensable contar con evidencia científica que sirva de referencia a los gobiernos sobre un uso más costo-efectivo de sus recursos limitados.


Working papers: Latest Research

New entries as of September 3, 2019

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