Strategies for Growth: The Changing Role of The State


Two-day Conference organized by Columbia's Center on Global Economic Governance, the Columbia Global Centers, the Escola Brasileira de Administração Pública e de Empresas at Fundação Getulio Vargas and Canal UmBrasil.


During the conference, we have organized a series of interviews produced by Canal UmBrasil. This project aimed to bring a series of foreign and Brazilian scholars to discuss the role played by the Brazilian state, how its policies and the current political crisis have affected and will affect the developments in Brazil's economy. (This page will be updated weekly as the interviews are released.)


Click here to watch the full video or here to read the piece Folha de S. Paulo did on José Scheinkman's interview. José Scheinkman is the Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of Economics at Columbia University and a Board Member of Cosan Ltda.


Here is Daniela Campello's interview on how elections in Brazil are affected by external economic factors. Daniela Campello is a Professor of Politics and International Affairs at FGV-EBAPE.


On his interview, Otaviano Canuto discusses how some rent-seeking elites have shaped misguided policies in Brazil. Otaviano Canuto is the Executive-Director for Brazil at the World Bank. Link for the Folha de S. Paulo piece.


Paul Lagunes, an Assistant Professor at Columbia, discusses on his interview how corruption erodes living standards in countries.


The former Ministry for Finance of Chile, Andrés Velasco, discusses fiscal policies in Latin America during the boom years in his interview.


Edmund Amann discusses Brazil's position on the global economy in his interview. Edmund Amann is a Professor at the Leiden University, in the Netherlands.


On his interviewJan Svejnar discusses State intervention strategies in emerging markets. Svejnar is a Professor at Columbia University and Director at the Center for Global Economic Governance.


To read the full report on the conference, please refer to this PDF report.


  • To read Professor Albert Fishlow's reflections on Brazil's Fiscal Dominance and its institutions, please click here.
  • Professor José Alexandre Scheinkman wrote a policy brief on the Challenge of Productivity in Brazil. To read it, please click here.
  • To learn perspectives on How to Take Advantage of the Crisis, by Professor Marcio Holland and Dr. Daniella Diniz, please click here.
  • On his brief, Professor Paul Lagunes discusses Public Sector Corruption on a regional perspective, please click here.


Click here to read the piece on the conference made by magazine Problemas Brasileiros (IN PORTUGUESE).