14 people die every day on Brazil’s roads. Is privatization the answer?

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Photo: Diogo Moreira/A2/FP

The list of priorities for Brazil’s Infrastructure Ministry is a long one. At the top, however, is its plan to privatize the country’s highways. While the main focus of this move is to reduce the size of the state and raise funds for the country’s strapped public accounts, the gains of bringing in private investors to manage Brazil’s roads could go beyond the financial, as improved infrastructure conditions could have helped avoid the loss of nearly 88,700 lives on federal roads in the past 12 years. 

According to data gathered by the National Transport Confederation...

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