UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Inequality and COVID-19 in Brazil and the U.S.

01 March 2021, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Luiza Nassif-Pires

Join us to hear Luiza Nassif-Pires talk about her research on Inequality and COVID-19 in Brazil and the U.S. This talk will be chaired by IIPP’s Jose Alejandro Coronado with a discussion from Giorgos Gouzoulis, Research Fellow in Economic Rents at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP). Followed by questions from the audience.

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In this seminar, Luiza Nassif-Pires will present results from two recent papers of hers that highlight how structural inequalities by race, class, and gender are responsible for asymmetries in the costs of COVID-19 pandemic borne by individuals in the U.S. and in Brazil, both in terms of health and economic outcomes. She argues that previous existing inequalities are being exacerbated by the pandemic and are impacting the length and cost of the crisis.

The empirical analyses sheds lights on how social and economic vulnerabilities help explain why minority groups are experiencing a disproportional impact. Furthermore, she uses Brazilian data on the cash relief programme Auxílio Emergencial to show how public policy can neutralize the short-term increase in wage disparities and discusses the impacts that an early termination of the programme will have on poverty levels and income distribution in the country. This example motivates a larger discussion of the role of public policy on addressing the current health and economic crisis.

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About the Speaker

Luiza Nassif-Pires

Research Fellow at Levy Economics Institute of Bard College

Luiza Nassif-Pires is a research fellow in the Gender Equality and the Economy programme and a faculty lecturer at the graduate programmes in Economic Theory and Policy at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. Her research interests are the socio-economic impacts of Covid-19, intersectional political economy, household production, game theory, and input-output methods. She holds a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in economics from The New School for Social Research.


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