Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

AQ Podcast: The Hard Choices Facing Brazil’s Government

Brazilian economist Monica de Bolle on where Bolsonaro's coronavirus response gets it wrong - and how the government can protect both people and jobs
Nikita Kataev
Reading Time: < 1 minute

Governments across Latin America are urgently trying to find the right balance between protecting jobs and protecting public health. Perhaps nowhere has the debate been as contentious as in Brazil, where the president has said the country needs to protect jobs, not practice social distancing. But is this a false choice? Brazilian economist Monica de Bolle joins AQ’s Editor-in-chief Brian Winter to discuss how Brazil can contain the virus, as well as the economic fallout. 

Subscribe to the Americas Quarterly Podcast on iTunesSpotify, Google Play and Soundcloud


Monica de Bolle is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly

Background reading:

Tags: AQ Podcast, Monica de Bolle, Paulo Guedes, podcast
Like what you've read? Subscribe to AQ for more.
Any opinions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect those of Americas Quarterly or its publishers.
Sign up for our free newsletter