by Álvaro Rossi, BA Candidate in Economic and Political Science, Columbia University. The year of 2016 has been a challenging one for political economists. From the unexpected results of the Brexit and Peace referendums in Great Britain and Colombia respectively, to the unprecedented election of real estate mogul Donald Trump as President of the United… Read More Facultative Voting and the Erosion of the Median Voter Theorem
by Fernanda Nogueira, Co-Editor and Writer at Brazil Talk Over 90% of Brazilians use social media to read the news, and 70% of them have Facebook as their main source. It is a global trend, and it presents serious risks to public participation in politics, for the simple fact that one can select exactly what… Read More Confirmation bias and the impeachment: How social media in Brazil helped alienate public opinion
by Cassiano Alves and Leticia Corrêa On June 28th, President Dilma Rousseff landed in the United States for an official visit, leaving behind an economy in imminent recession and a country in political crisis after the corruption scandal involving state-owned oil company Petrobras. Speculation over Mrs. Rousseff’s impeachment resurfaced after a national magazine reported that… Read More Will Dilma Rousseff be able to foster foreign direct investment to save the fiscal package and resume economic growth?