Brazil, Bolsonaro, and COVID-19 with Dr. Filipe Campante

COVID-19 has spread across the globe, but Brazil has been hit particularly hard. Brazil currently has second highest number of COVID-19 cases deaths in the world. In this episode, we investigate why, including discussing the administration of Jair Bolsonaro and the economic consequences of Brazil’s failure to address COVID-19 in the region.


Filipe Campante is the Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of International Economics at the Department of Economics at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He is interested in political economy, development economics, and urban/regional issues. His research looks at what constrains politicians and policy makers beyond formal checks and balances: cultural norms, institutions, media, political protest. In particular, his research has focused on how these informal constraints are affected by the spatial distribution of people and economic activity, by access to information, by the evolution of cultural norms, and by the structure of the economy.

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Brazil, Bolsonaro, and COVID-19 with Dr. Filipe Campante

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