Bernardo Guimarães is a new Folha columnist


Economist Bernardo Guimarães, 49, will write weekly from this Tuesday (15), with publication on Wednesdays in the print edition, in the Mercado section.

Professor at FGV EESP (São Paulo School of Economics, Fundação Getulio Vargas), Bernardo was a columnist for Sheet from 2015 to 2016 and wrote the blog “The Economy in the 21st Century”.

Graduated in engineering and with a master’s degree in economics from USP, he holds a doctorate in economics from Yale University (2004).

In 2003, he wrote an article with the American economist Nouriel Roubini about countries that receive aid from the IMF (International Monetary Fund). From 2004 to 2010 he was a professor at the London School of Economics. Since 2010 he has been a professor at FGV-EESP.

His research covers areas such as macroeconomics, finance and political economy.

Despite recognizing a more liberal inclination in his economic thinking, he says he does not believe that the market regulates itself. He defends a government with little intervention, but with an important role in regulation and income distribution policies.

“I have a more liberal inclination, in the sense of believing that markets often deliver good results, but understanding governments are very important for a number of things. Even for markets to work”, says the economist.

Bernardo says he is an academic who is in the same wave of research lines at the main universities in the world, something that in Brazil can be labeled as orthodox, a terminology he prefers not to use.

“It seems that orthodox is that guy who hasn’t studied anything for 100 years. Those who haven’t studied anything for 100 years are those who read [Ludwig von] Mises and [John Maynard] Keynes back there and didn’t want to learn anything later. I don’t like the term, it gives the wrong connotation, but that’s how people would identify me.”

In the political debate, he defines himself as a person of the center, neither Lula nor Jair Bolsonaro, but who declared his option for the PT in the second round.

already published articles in Sheet both in favor and against PT government initiatives when analyzing them from a technical point of view and says that he intends to keep his distance from the political bias that invaded the economic debate.

“What will guide me is less the theme and more an attempt to contribute to enriching a debate that is impoverished, focused on little, in which politics has taken up a lot of space.”

Bernardo is the author of the books “The Wealth of the Nation in the 21st Century”, “Economia sem Triques” and “Introduction to Economics”, the latter two together with economist Carlos Eduardo Gonçalves.

He has also published articles in journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Economic Theory and Economic Journal.

Bernardo will replace Helio Beltrão, president of the Mises Brasil institute.

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