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Public investment in education reduces income inequality, says research

Published by Amazonas Atual in 30/04/2021

Public education is one of the most effective policies in combating inequalities in Brazil, according to an exclusive survey by Made/USP (Research Center in Macroeconomics of Inequalities). Data show that spending on education reduces the index that measures income difference by up to 9.62%.

With losses imposed by the pandemic, the situation of Brazilian youth has become even more disturbing. A recent estimate by the IMF (International Monetary Fund) also points out that missed classes, if not compensated, could lead to a reduction of around 8% in lifetime income for 10-to-19-year-old Brazilian students.

A recent report in the Folha de São Paulo newspaper also showed how the chances of a child repeating the low level of schooling of its parents is twice as likely to happen in Brazil as in the United States, according to data from the IMDS (Institute for Mobility and Social Development).

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